CM Nitish deploys cops to prevent me from enjoying fruits: Manjhi

Patna: Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday accused the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar government of deploying 24 policemen to prevent him from enjoying mangoes and litchi from trees planted at his 1, Anne Marg bunglow.

Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi
Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi

Manjhi continues to occupy residence, designated for Bihar Chief Minister, even after being removed from the chair in February this year.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stays in a bunglow at 7 Circular road.

Earlier, Manjhi had floated a new party, the ‘Hindustan Awaam Morcha’, after being ousted from the JD (U).

According to reports, the HAM has been formed to counter the JD (U) ahead of Bihar assembly polls to be held later this year. Manjhi’s supporters are said to be predominantly Mahadalits and members from other backward castes.

Hindustan Awaam Morcha spokesman Danish Rizwan, in a statement said, 24 policemen, including 8 sub Inspectors and 16 constables have been deployed in One Anne Marg, especially to guard hundreds of trees of mangoes and litchi fruits.

Policemen deployed on duty at former CM’s residence told reporters that they have been instructed to guard the fruits and prevent anybody picking even the fruits that fall on the ground on its own.

Rizwan described this as “insult” of a dalit.

Manjhi also said many poor visits him at his residence and the latest security arrangements might be aimed at preventing them to take away the fruits.

The matter gave an opportunity to RJD and BJP to attack Nitish Kumar government.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said it was bizarre that a person occupying a bunglow was deprived of enjoying fruits from trees planted there. He alleged that this was an insult of a mahadalit by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who dared to rebel against him.

RJD Vice President Raghubansh Prasad Singh said instead of paying attention to improve law and order situation in the state, giving priority to safeguarding mangoes and litchi, was beyond understanding.

Manjhi was handpicked by Kumar to succeed him after he stepped down from the CM’s post in the wake of JD(U)’s debacle in general election.

But, he turned a detractor after which he was unceremoniously removed from the post in February this year.

Inputs with PTI