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Rise of another player in Babel

Our country has no dearth of leaders such as Azam Khan, Beni Prasad Verma, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Digvijay Singh, Lalu Prasad and Giriraj Singh making frequent comments on almost all issues like batsmen using their bat on every ball in the ground. Bihar CM, Jitan Ram Manjhi has also joined club of such leaders by making frequent controversial remarks.  His remarks are becoming headlines and putting JD (U) in an awkward position. The party has reprimanded Manjhi for his uncalled for comments and asked him to refrain from making daring controversial remarks. It looks Manjhi is not a diffident person. 

One of the JD (U) MLAs went on to describe Manjhi as an insane person fit to be admitted in a mental hospital. Manjhi’s remarks on the forwards being the outsiders say foreigners, questioning the morality of women and becoming the PM one day probably caught everybody’s attention.

Jitan Ram Manjhi has been active in politics right from 1980.  Moreover he has been associated with all major political parties except BJP.  Manjhi contested Assembly elections as nominee of the Congress, JD, RJD, JD (U) apart from serving as a minister in the council of ministers headed by the seven CMs from different parties. Manjhi took over as the 23rd CM of Bihar on 20th May 2014 after JD (U) strongman Nitish Kumar resigned from the post consequent upon his party being mercilessly mauled in Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Manjhi’s selection might have been part of a new social engineering formula conceived by Nitish Kumar aiming at consolidating all Dalits including Maha Dalits and backwards to puncture the inflated saffron balloon and to make leaders like Paswan and even Lalu Yadav irrelevant. Seemingly Manjhi is banking upon his oral fireworks to cover up his fragile administrative skill despite being a minister for years together. Further he has yet to attain maturity after being an MLA from 1980 to 2014 except for a period of six years. Elevation of Manjhi is even being debated in the political circles as Manjhi once opined about uncertainty of his present tenure.  He stated, ‘Powerful people laugh at me and they make a fun of me as how I became the CM. If they continue to target me I may become the PM one day.’

There is nothing unethical in nurturing a desire of becoming the PM but in this case Manjhi has merely tried to out shadow his present mentor Nitish Kumar who is generally being mentioned by different political pundits as a natural material for the highest executive post in the country. Manjhi has in fact proved to be a liability to Nitish rather than a valuable asset.  Manjhi by his remarks has just been successful in including his name in the list of the aspirants to the post; earlier in the list were Paswan, Lalu and Nitish.

The comprehensive list may improve the probability of a PM from Bihar as it has yet to produce a PM for the country.  Many political analysts opine that days of CM Manjhi are numbered.  They further state that Nitish has been utilising his time and energy in galvanising party organisation and would like to be at the helm of affairs in the state sometime next year. This will relieve Nitish of the unpleasantness being faced due to disgraceful and controversial remarks being rendered by the present CM.  A section of the media is of the view that making such comments is an integral part of his habit, earlier his remarks as the then junior minister were not being notice whereas these days his comments have been getting more than adequate space and debate in the media.

There are certain remarks which may form a chapter in a book on humour likely to be published in times to come.  Manjhi while justifying corruption by the small traders said, ‘Government is ready to forgive black marketing and hoarding of food grains as that is a mean of substance to the families of traders.’ He publically stated that he had to part money as bribe in getting his electricity bill rectified while being a minister.  

Manjhi questioned morality of those women whose husbands have been outside for several years and added, everybody knows what such women have been doing? He once promoted rats stating that they are having equal food values like protein as in the chickens. He further stated not to hesitate in eating rats as they damage food grains.  Manjhi tried to reiterate his bonds with the poor persons by stating that he will take stern action against the doctors neglecting the under privileged section of the society. He said, ‘I will chop off his hands if doctors are found playing with life of poor.’ 

He scored a political point while speaking against those union ministers who are not contributing for the development of Bihar. Manjhi announced, ‘He will not let those ministers enter in the state.’  
Manjhi has opened a Pandora’s box by declaring SC/ST as original inhabitants of the country and upper castes as foreigners.  There are many other controversial remarks which could not be termed to be made by a CM. 

The author is a communication consultant
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