Shiv Sena slammed BJP over its links to Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi saying supporting him would be a sin.
“Nobody should indulge in this sin of backing for political interest someone who has publicly said he accepts commission,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said.
“Nitish Kumar has the backing of 130 legislators and yet he (Manjhi) is trying to get BJP support. BJP is pitting Manjhi against Nitish Kumar,” it said.
“Manjhi has said he gets commission for development work. What he has said is a fact in politics. A CM who accepts he gets commission is trying to win majority in Assembly with BJP support,” Sena said. Manjhi exceeded his limits by announcing reservations for Dalits and Mahadalits in government contract tender process, Sena said.
Manjhi while addressing a function, had said, “engineers and technocrats used to escalate cost of bridge construction projects and used to pay some share to contractors and some to me even.” He later said he uttered “symbolic” things to highlight that money used to come to even such a high level but actually he did not take money as CM.