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JD(U) to contest Bihar polls under Nitish's leadership: Manjhi

PTI 02 Nov 2014, 17:11:17 PM IST
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Patna:  Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today said JD(U) would contest the Assembly polls next year under the leadership of his predecessor Nitish Kumar.  “As far as I am concerned, Kumar remains the undisputed leader of our party (JD-U).

We will contest the Bihar Assembly polls due next year under his leadership,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

On the vexed leadership issue of the grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress to take on a resurgent BJP at the hustings, Manjhi said the decision in this regard would be taken jointly by Kumar, JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.  

However, so far as the leadership issue in the JD(U) was concerned, the Chief Minister said he would take a lead to propose the name of his predecessor for it.  

Manjhi, who has made controversial remarks on one issue or another since taking over from Kumar nearly six months ago to draw criticism from BJP and murmurs from within his own party, appeared unperturbed saying he did not get affected by praise or criticism.

“It's not my job to brood over who praises me or criticises me. My sole duty is to work for development of Bihar,” the Chief Minister said.