Patna: Jitan Ram Manjhi has been quiet for sometime now, after being removed from the Janata Dal (United) in Bihar.
However, he has now broken his silence and targeted none other than Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan - both are members of the BJP-led alliance in Bihar for the upcoming state Assembly Elections
On Monday, targeting the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Manjhi said during a visit to Jehanabad Assembly constituency that Paswan was promoting his son Chirag at the cost of everyone else in the LJP.
“Bhai-bhatija se aage wo nhi badh sakte hain (he cannot rise above dynasty politics),” Manjhi said.
“On what basis does Ram Vilas Paswan call himself a national leader? He has not even been able to become the leader of the Paswan community,” the former Bihar chief minister added.
Instead, Manjhi claimed, he is the true leader of all Mahadalits and the Paswan community.
For the Assembly Elections, Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha, Paswan's LJP and Union minister Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) have joined hands with BJP as part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Reacting to Manjhi's remarks, Chirag Paswan said, “I don't want to comment on what he said as I couldn't understand the context he was speaking in.”
“Union Minister Ananth Kumar advised Jitan Ram Manjhi to have patience while speaking of colleagues. We have good personal and political relations; don't know in what context did he say all this,” Chirag added.
Describing Paswan as a “respected leader”, the LJP leader said that the alliance has been strengthened after he joined it.