Jitan Ram Manjhi

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The Hindu, April 3, 2015

Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar's move to quit, and install Jitan Ram Manjhi as Bihar Chief Minister, following the party's poor showing in the 2014 general elections set off a internal party rift. Here are the events as they unfolded in chronological sequence.

May 18, 2014

Nitish quits as dissent brews in JD(U)

Owning moral responsibility for the Janata Dal (United)’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned on Saturday but kept the option of the formation of a new government open by not dissolving the State Assembly.

May 20, 2014

Jitan Ram Manjhi is Bihar’s new CM

JD(U) legislature party authorised Mr. Kumar to anoint his successor on condition that it would be a stopgap arrangement till the next Assembly election.

May 20, 2014

Congress extends support to new JD(U) government in Bihar

With the support of the four-member Congress, the numbers for the new JD(U) government increased to 124 in the Assembly whose effective strength at present is 239.

May 20, 2014

RJD extends support to Manjhi Government in Bihar

Party said its core committee had authorised Lalu Prasad to hold talks with secular parties to put together a united force to counter the “communal forces.”

May 23, 2014

Manjhi government wins trust vote in Bihar

In the state Assembly, whose effective strength presently is 237, the Manjhi-government managed getting the support of 145 legislators.

June 2, 2014

14 ministers inducted into Manjhi’s cabinet

Those inducted into Manjhi ministry included Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan, Shrawan Kumar, Ramlakhan Ram Raman, Ramdhani Singh, Samrat Chaudhary, Mahachandra Prasad Singh, Jay Kumar Singh, Manoj Kumar Singh, Javed Iqbal Ansari, Bima Bharti, Ranju Geeta, Baidyanath Sahni, Naushad Alam and Binod Prasad Yadav.

June 22, 2014

Manjhi meets Modi, seeks special status for Bihar

Mr. Manjhi told Mr. Modi that the status was necessary for Bihar’s progress as it would push investments in the underdeveloped State and open new employment avenues for the youth.

July 26, 2014

Peace brokered between JD (U), BJP; Nitish returns to House

A unanimous resolution was passed requesting Nitish Kumar to come back to the House.

August 25, 2014

Bihar bypolls: Lalu, Nitish alliance wins 6 seats

BJP won Narkatiaganj, Hajipur, Banka and Mohania (SC) seats. RJD of Lalu Prasad was victorious in Rajnagar (SC), Chapra and Mohiuddinagar.

September 30, 2014

Bihar Chief Minister claims temple was ‘purified’ after his visit

He alleged that a temple in Madhubani district was cleaned and the deity washed after he left its premises.

October 8, 2014

Following stampede, Jitan Ram Manjhi takes matters into his own hands

A day after the stampede, Mr. Manjhi replaced all top district officials in charge of the Dussehra celebrations at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan.

October 14, 2014

Crack appears in Bihar grand alliance over leadership issue

Political pundits said Nitsh Kumar reportedly felt the need to “throw his hat in the ring” after Manjhi, his successor, was seen making deft political moves to cultivate his own image for the State Assembly poll.


October 18, 2014

Manjhi courts another controversy

“If the doctors will be found truant in treatment of poor patients I’ll chop off their hands...I’ll not spare any moment in taking action against them”

October 25, 2014

Manjhi reaches out to Dalits

“I did not become Chief Minister on my own. If you all shun alcoholism and become more aware you could choose your own leader [Chief Minister].”


October 27, 2014

Nitish undertakes Sampark Yatra

Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi does not take part in Nitish's yatra

November 1, 2014

No differences with Nitish, says Bihar CM

“Nitish Kumar and I are deeply attached to each other, and there have been no differences between us,” says Mr. Manjhi in Gaya while blaming the media for stirring a controversy.

November 6, 2014

I’m CM only for a short time'

Five Ministers of Mr. Manjhi's Cabinet skip government function attended by him

November 12, 2014

Manjhi dubs upper caste people as foreigners

Stirring yet another controversy, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has termed upper caste people as “foreigners and descendants of Aryan race”, a remark for which the BJP has slammed him for “stoking caste tension” in the state.

November 13, 2014

Manjhi embarasses JD(U) again

Barely 24 hours after his comments calling upper caste people “foreigners,” Mr. Manjhi courts yet another controversy, asking youth of the State not to go outside Bihar leaving behind their wives at home.

November 15, 2014

Will support Modi if Bihar granted special status: Manjhi

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi raised eyebrows again when he declared that he was ready to become supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi if special status was granted to Bihar. He also said that politics should not come in development of States.

November 17, 2014

Not joining BJP: Manjhi

“Such speculation is 200 per cent false. I’ve said so many times that BJP is a communal party and I’ve always been with the secular forces.”

November 20, 2014

Refrain from contentious comments, Manjhi told

The Janata Dal (United) asks Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to refrain from making controversial statements. With his regular remarks, Mr Manjhi has been hitting headlines and grabbing eyeballs in the recent past.

November 24, 2014

Nobody can stop me from speaking my mind: Manjhi

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who has been asked to refrain from making controversial statements, asserts that he did not fear anyone and would not be silenced, come what may. He declares that he was more qualified than those making comments against him.

November 26, 2014

Manjhi denies rift with Nitish

Manjhi calls his predecessor Nitish Kumar his elder brother and declares that he was his Lakshmana, dispelling reports of a rift between them.

January 5, 2015

Manjhi accuses ministers of doubting his ability

“Some people whisper that I am playing test cricket, some others say I am playing One Day International even as few others say that I am playing T20, but I’ll deliver on my promises irrespective of whatever version of the game I get to play," Mr. Manjhi says.

January 6, 2015

‘Did many things that Nitish could not’

In an exclusive interview, the Bihar Chief Minister opens up about his ambitions and his views on the emerging political situation in the state that goes to polls in 2015.

January 18, 2015

Manjhi meets Sadhu Yadav

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s visit to controversial former Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Anirudh Prasad — alias Sadhu Yadav, brother-in-law of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, has evoked a sharp reaction from party leaders. “The Chief Minister should shun such activities of visiting people having a criminal background whose name had created terror in the State," says JD(U) spokesman.

January 19, 2015

Manjhi welcome, says Bihar BJP chief

At a time when the former Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, has maintained a studied silence over his successor Jitan Ram Manjhi’s statements and political interactions, State BJP president Mangal Pandey says if Mr. Manjhi wished to join the BJP they would consider it.

January 23, 2015

Dinner meeting widens JD(U) rift over Manjhi

A dinner meeting of over 15 Bihar Ministers has widened the rift between supporters of Nitish Kumar and Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi in the Janata Dal (U). Mr. Manjhi’s supporters were not invited for the meeting held at the house of Food and Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak.

February 3, 2015

Uma-Manjhi bonhomie sparks fresh speculation in Patna

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi receives a word of praise from Union Minister Uma Bharti who calls him the “messiah of the poor.” And Mr. Manjhi reciprocates the gesture, lauding Ms. Bharti for her “encouraging response” to the State’s perennial flood problem.

February 4, 2015

‘Manjhi must bridge the gap with colleagues’

State president Basistha Narayan Singh, perhaps for the first time, admits that there was a lack of coordination between Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and some of his Cabinet colleagues.


February 5, 2015 Speculation rife on Manjhi’s ouster

JD (U) president Sharad Yadav and party general secretary K.C. Tyagi decide to hold a crucial meeting of parliamentarians and those who had contested last year general election. There is no confirmation whether Mr. Manjhi will attend the meeting.

February 6, 2015

Manjhi rubbishes Nitish's call for JD(U) meet, calls parallel meet on Feb. 20

Taking his predecessor Nitish Kumar and followers head on, Manjhi calls their proposed meeting as “unauthorised and unconstitutional”. Mr. Manjhi calls a parallel meeting of party legislators on February 20, ahead of the forthcoming budget session of the State Assembly.

February 7, 2015

Manjhi has lost majority: Sharad Yadav

Sharad Yadav writes a letter to the Governor saying Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has lost the majority support of the legislature party.

February 7, 2015

Rapprochement talks between Nitish-Manjhi fail

The rapprochement meeting between Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and his predecessor Nitish Kumar failed with Mr. Kumar said to have refused to comply with three demands put forward by Mr. Manjhi for the compromise formula and thereafter the chief minister is likely to recommend for the dissolution of state assembly anytime on Saturday.

February 7, 2015

Bihar in flux as Manjhi wants House dissolved

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi recommends the dissolution of the Assembly to pre-empt his mentor-turned-rival and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar’s attempts to replace him.

February 8, 2015

JD(U) delegation submits letters of support in Nitish Kumar’s favour

A delegation of leaders of JD(U) and its allies submit letters of support to the Governor’s office claiming that Mr. Kumar had the backing of 130 MLAs.

February 8, 2015

Bihar Assembly Speaker recognises Nitish as new JD(U) LP leader

In fast paced development, Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary recognises Nitish Kumar as the new leader of JD(U) Legislature Party and Jitan Ram Manjhi as a former head.

February 8, 2015

Manjhi meets Modi, welcomes help

“Support for the government will be tested on the floor of the House on February 20. I have no qualms in accepting support from any MLA.”

February 9, 2015

JD(U) expels Manjhi from party

In the power tussle going on between Janata Dal-United factions in Bihar, one led by former chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday expelled chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi from the party whereas a Manjhi supporter MLA has filed a petition in Patna High Court against Nitish Kumar and party president Sharad Yadav for calling an “illegal and unauthorised” party legislature meeting on Saturday and electing Nitish Kumar as its leader.

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