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Manjhi's HAM quits Bihar Grand Alliance, may fill Dalit space in NDA

The HAM's core committee authorised the Dalit leader to take a call on whether to merge with another party or coalition, or go to the hustings alone

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with Ham(S) Chief Jitan Ram Manjhi at a function in Patna. Photo:PTI
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File Photo: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with Ham(S) Chief Jitan Ram Manjhi at a function in Patna. Photo:PTI

Press Trust of India
The Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) of former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi exited the opposition Grand Alliance on Thursday, dealing a blow to the opposition's bid to defeat the NDA led by Nitish Kumar's JD(U) in the state assembly elections due in October-November.

The HAM's core committee authorised the Dalit leader to take a call on whether to merge with another party or coalition, or go to the hustings alone, a top party leader said.

"HAM will no longer be a constituent of the grand alliance. The party has decided to leave the Mahagathbandhan," party spokesman Danish Rizwan told reporters.

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First Published: Aug 20 2020 | 10:32 PM IST

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