Cold war between Bihar CM, Nitish Kumar

Avoiding platforms with Nitish, Manjhi highlights that he is not remote-controlled

Patna : The relations between former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his successor Jitan Ram Manjhi have sunk to a new low with the former avoiding sharing the platform at functions where Manjhi is present.

In fact, Manjhi has been claiming that he is doing a better job than Nitish. On Wednesday, while speaking at a function in Begusarai district, the chief minister said that his performance was better than that of Nitish.

Political analysts feel that Manjhi wants no longer to be perceived as a nominee of Nitish and he repeatedly stresses on public platforms that he is not being remote controlled.

At a function earlier in the week in Patna, Manjhi predicted that he would continue as CM next year too, and he would unveil the statue of the first CM of Bihar — Sri Krishna Sinha at Bihar University on October 21,2015

Nitish, as well as half a dozen cabinet colleagues of Manjhi, did not attend a function on Tuesday at Miller High School in Patna despite the former invited to inaugurate the meeting. That’s because Nitish went to New Delhi when he was informed last minute that Manjhi, too, was the special guest.

Manjhi had last week suspended officers including the managing director of Bihar State Medical Services Infrastructure Corporation, and this top ranking official was the former private secretary of Nitish. Manjhi, at a recent function also emphasised that he is unlike his predecessor who used to talk only to divisional commissioners and principal secretaries. He said “I will talk to the junior officers too, unlike other CMs. I was advised by my officers not to break the tradition but I decided to ignore the advice received.”

Chhaya Mishra

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