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Tejashwi urges alliance partners to give up pride

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Irked over the delay in finalisation of seats in the 'mahagathbandhan', Saturday warned alliance partners that if they were not willing to give up their pride and insisted "on a few more seats", then countrymen would not forgive them.

The Rashtriya heir-apparent's remarks come at a time when less than 48 hours were left for nominations for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls and the grand alliance is yet to announce the number of seats to be fought by different constituents.

"The constitution and the country are facing an unprecedented crisis. If the opposition makes any mistake of strategy, nobody knows whether there will be elections in the future.

"If for increasing a few seats of theirs and reducing those of other associates, (then) the constituents do not give up pride, the justice loving countrymen with faith in the Constitution will not forgive them," he said.

Earlier in the day, former and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) Jitan Ram Manjhi, apparently dissatisfied with the number of seats offered to him, said he has submitted a list of five seats to the alliance.

Manjhi said he had a talk with Tejashwi and in-charge for Shaktisinh Gohil and reports of 11 seats being left for the were not accurate.

He said after receiving a response from the 'mahagathbandhan', the matter would be discussed by his party's parliamentary board.

The Congress, RJD and HAM besides Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, Sharad Yadav's Loktantrik and Bollywood set designer-turned-politician are formally acknowledged as constituents of the 'mahagathbandhan'.

The grand alliance is also exploring the possibility of an electoral understanding with the Left -- CPI, CPI(M-L) and CPI(M) -- which has pockets of influence in the state.

Meanwhile, state spokesman took potshots at Tejashwi in the day, tweeting, "You should beware of the consequences of aligning with the which has been a staunch opponent of the social justice plank."

In another tweet, the spokesman sought to fish in troubled waters claiming that Kushwaha and Manjhi both of whom quit the NDA last year "carried more weight" in than Congress but were being given a raw deal.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 23:50 IST