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Updated on: Sunday, December 19, 2021, 04:50 PM IST

Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi hurls abuses against Brahmins; BJP, RJD hit back

Manjhi said, the Brahmin (Pandits) come to our house, conduct Puja but they do not eat food in our houses. They shamelessly demand money (Dakshina) instead of eating food.
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Former Bihar Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi courted controversy when he hurled abuses against the Brahmin community, evoking sharp reactions from the BJP and the RJD.

Addressing a gathering in Patna on Saturday evening, Manjhi said: "When he was young, the prevalence of Satyanaraya Puja (Worshiping Lord Vishnu) was not much in our community (Mushar). These days, it is prevalent in almost every house. More alarmingly, the Brahmin (Pandits) come to our house, conduct Puja but they do not eat food in our houses. They shamelessly demand money (Dakshina) instead of eating food."

Mushar comes under Maha Dalit community in Bihar.

The law related to untouchability was withdrawn following recommendations by Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

Manjhi also used abusive language both for his community people and Brahmins.

"Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar was a Hindu but he changed his religion to Buddhism," the former chief minister said.

Manjhi alleged: "Hindu community is the worst community and hence, I have changed my religion. When I will die, will be a Buddhist."

Reacting to Manjhi, Road Construction Minister Nitnin Nabin said: "Jitan Ram Manjhi is a senior leader of state. He should avoid giving caste or community centric statements."

RJD MLA Rahul Tiwari said: "The way Manjhi is giving statements on various subjects, it appears that he is mentally unstable. He should go to Ranchi and undergo treatment at a mental asylum. Manjhi earlier advocated poor people should drink liquor in limits and also indicates that he used to drink liquor himself and is giving such statements under the influence of alcohol."

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Published on: Sunday, December 19, 2021, 04:50 PM IST
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