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All in not well in five-party opposition's Grand Alliance in Bihar

PATNA: All is not well in the RJD-led Grand Alliance in Bihar. Irked over the ‘big-brotherly attitude’ of the RJD, the five-party opposition’s two constituents --– the Hindustani Awam Morcha- Secular (HAM-S) and the Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) on Sunday demanded the formation of a coordination committee for better coordination among all the partners.
The other two partners are the Congress and Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP). The VIP chief Mukesh Sahni called on the HAM-S president Jitan Ram Manjhi at the latter’s residence here. After a one-to-one meeting with Manjhi, Sahni told TOI that he supported the HAM-S chief's demand for the formation of a coordination committee in the grand alliance.
Sahni even threatened to take a “tough decision” if the coordination committee is not formed in the coming few days. “The five-party alliance should not be run at the will of one man. The coordination committee is necessary. During the last Lok Sabha election, we could not make proper coordination on all 40 seats in absence of a coordination committee. And we could not win the Lok Sabha seats. Now, in the forthcoming assembly election, the number of seats is 243. How can we make proper coordination between the five parties?” Sahni told TOI.
Sahni said he spoke to even Kushwaha and senior Congress leaders like BPCC chief Madan Mohan Jha and Akhilesh Singh. All these leaders were ready to form a coordination committee.
To a question, Sahni said that the coordination committee was not being formed because of the ‘big-brotherly attitude’ of the RJD.
Earlier in the day, Manjhi while addressing a meeting of his party’s youth wing, said that the HAM-S might not join the GA’s proposed Maha-dharna on November 13 in Patna, if his demand for formation of a coordination committee in the GA is not met within next two days.
However, later while talking to reporters soon after the meeting, Manjhi took a soft stand and said he has put forward a demand for the coordination committee, but he would remain in the GA.
He also said, his party would not come out of the GA. “I never said my party will come out of the Grand Alliance. I will remain in it,” Manjhi said.
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