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Jitan Ram Manjhi, BJP legislators skip all-party meet called by Assembly Speaker

Patna: Jitan Ram Manjhi and Bihar BJP legislators gave the all-party meeting a miss, on Monday in Patna called by Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary. The meeting was held in order to decide on different issues including the demand for the status of opposition party made by the Nitish Kumar group of JD(U).

Manjhi gave skipped the meeting as he was in New Delhi and BJP MLAs chose to remain absent as to sxpress their objection until Manjhi’s vote of confidence on floor in Bihar state assenbly.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday alleged that Nitish Kumar’s camp was trying to “frighten MLAs” by spreading rumours that he was “conspiring” with BJP to have President’s Rule imposed in Bihar and accused his rival of parading “bogus” MLAs.

Manjhi, who was expelled by the JD(U) after he refused to resign, said it was for BJP to decide if it wanted to support him or not and he had met Union ministers and Bihar Governor here for official work.

He said JD(U) and Kumar, who has staked claim to form the government in Bihar, were spreading rumours that President’s Rule will be imposed in Bihar to win over MLAs and said he had no such intentions. “They are frightening MLAs with rumour that I am working for imposing the President’s Rule in Bihar. It’s completely untrue. If I had wished so, I would have recommended it long back. I will win trust vote on February 20,” he told reporters, saying he has urged every party to support him.

With agency inputs

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