Jitan Ram Manjhi demands 90 Seats from BJP in case of a pre-poll tie-up

Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi has said that he would demand 90 seats out of 243 from Bharatiya Janata Party in case of a possible coalition between Hindustani Awam Morcha and National Democratic Alliance for the upcoming Bihar Assembly Elections. He said that his party would contest elections only on those constituencies where there are a sizeable number of SC, OBC and minority voters.

Talking to All India Radio, he however said there has no formal talks with the BJP on tie-up issue so far and his party will take a call on it after 15th of this month.

Manjhi, who had openly rebelled against Nitish Kumar, termed the JD(U) and RJD tie-up as an unholy alliance alleging the two parties have come together only for power and they do not have any development agenda. He wondered how Nitish Kumar joined hands with the same RJD Chief Lalu Prasad whose regime he had called Jungle Raj.

He however flatly denied any possibility of coalition with his former party Janata Dal United.

The Polls for Bihar Assembly Elections 2015 are likely to be held in the month of September-October. RJD, Congress and ruling JDU have decided to contest elections together. Left Parties are also likely to contest elections together.