Former Bihar chief minister and BJP’s ally in the next month’s crucial elections, Jitan Ram Manjhi has described himself as the ‘biggest naxalite.’
After filing his nominations in Imamganj on Sunday, Manjhi told media that he was the biggest naxalite in Bihar adding that he wouldn’t hesitate resorting ro violence to protect women and oppressed.
Manjhi’s Hindustan Awami Morcha is in alliance with the BJP in Bihar elections and the party has been alloted 20 seats to field its candidates in the polls. Additionally, five of HAM’s candidates will also contest elecrions on BJP’s election symbol ‘lotus.’
This is not the first time Manjhi has sympathised with Naxals.
While Bihar’s Chief Minister in June 2014, he had opposed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s suggestion that ‘no talks will be held with Maoists and a befitting reply given if attacked.’
He had said, “Theoretically I disagree with what he has said. Naxalism cannot be solved with the help of gun. We have to find the underlying reasons behind it. The only solution lies in all-round development of society.”
Bihar is scheduled to go for polls in five phases with first phase of elections taking place on 12 October. The counting will start on 8 November.