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Manjhi faces mentor fury & certain ouster

Manjhi faces mentor fury & certain ouster
Knives were out between the two factions with Manjhi dubbing Saturday’s meeting as “unauthorised” and instead calling a Legislature Party meeting in his capacity as Leader of the House on February 20. For Saturday’s meeting called by party president Sharad Yadav, notices were on Friday sent to 111 party MLAs and 41 members of Legislative Council including Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and Nitish Kumar.

Sources told Millennium Post that in Saturday’s meeting there could be a move to hand the reins of government back to Nitish Kumar, but the transition would not be easy as Manjhi adopted a confrontationist approach.

A rebellious Manjhi is scheduled to leave for Delhi on Saturday to take part in the Niti Ayog meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, making it clear that he would not attend the Legislature party meeting.

JD(U) General Secretary K C Tyagi hinted that Manjhi could be removed from the party if he violates discipline and stays away from Saturday’s meeting.

Reacting angrily to the remarks, Manjhi said:  “Tyagi has gone mad.”

The fight between the two groups spilled on to the streets on Friday. Supporters of Kumar and Manjhi clashed outside state JD(U) headquarters.

JD(U) sources said some people under the banner of Dalit Mushar Chetna Samiti assembled outside the party office, shouted slogans and burnt effigy of Nitish Kumar.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Patna, Jitendra Rana said police force has been deployed there after the incident.
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