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I want Rahul Gandhi to become next PM: Jitan Manjhi

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Former on Wednesday said he was in favour of becoming the next prime minister in the event of opposition "Mahagathbandhan" coming to power after the polls.

Before leaving for New Delhi, where he is scheduled to take part in deliberations on seat-sharing among the constituents of Grand Alliance, the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) dismissed reports that his party was likely to get only "one or two" seats in the state, which has 40 constituencies.

"The NDA has made it clear that it would contest the polls with as its face. The or the UPA, call it by whatever name, made no such announcement since there is a general consensus that it should be decided after polls.

"This has not been without precedence. Elections are often fought without parties or alliances projecting a face. But if you ask me about my personal opinion, I feel that Rahul Gandhi should take the top job," told reporters here.

His statement could be seen as a move to placate the Congress, after having ruffled many feathers in the party with his recent claim that his four-year-old outfit had a following greater than that of the national party and, as such, deserved to get a share in the polls.

The former chief minister, however, dismissed reports which have suggested that his party was unlikely to get more than two seats, saying "all top leaders of the are yet to sit across the table. Speculations at this stage are no better than a wild guess".

"This is the first time when we will discuss our requirements before the top leadership of the I do not know whether will be present at any of the meetings. May be he will. If not, AICC in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil will certainly be there," said.

Talking about his party's stand if offered a share that was less than expected, he replied, "We will work out a compromise formula."

Asked about his possibility of contesting a Lok Sabha seat, he evaded the question, maintaining that "once it becomes clear which of the seats the respective parties are going to get, the decision on candidates will follow".

Speculations have been rife that Manjhi was keen on contesting the Gaya Lok Sabha seat, from where he had fought as a candidate of Nitish Kumar's JD(U) in 2014, but finished third.

There have also been reports that he was being persuaded to contest from Jamui, another reserved seat, which is at present held by Lok Janshakti Party's heir apparent Chirag Paswan.

Polling for the will be held in Bihar in seven phases, starting from April 11 to May 19.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 16:40 IST