'u Tarnan Maestro' Jitan Ram Manji Quits Government Job To Contest

‘U-Tarnan Maestro’ Jitan Ram Manji quits government job to contest elections, becomes minister in first place


Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Mansi is the third Dalit in the state to become the Chief Minister. Earlier, Bhola Paswan Shastri and Ramsundar Das were the chief ministers, but no chief minister was formed from the Musharraf community.

Bihar Election 2020: After the defeat in the Lok Sabha elections in May 2014, when Nitish Kumar resigned as CM and Jitan Ram Manji When he was announced to sit in that chair, all the analysts of politics and fingers were clenching and pressing their fingers under their teeth. Until now, Jitan Ram Manji was known only as a low-profile Dalit leader, but when the 40-year-old Manji of the Musharraf community was made chief minister, a new message went to the Dalits in the state, especially the Mahadalit community. The Chief Minister is the third Dalit in the state. Earlier, Bhola Paswan Shastri and Ramsunder Das were chief ministers, but no chief minister has yet been formed from the Musharraf community, which has two per cent of the state’s electorate.

There is no rubber stamp manji

After becoming the Chief Minister, there was a discussion in the political arena that the boatman was Nitish’s rubber stamp, but two months later, the relationship between Nitish and Manji began to grow stronger. Mansi himself continued to say in meetings that he was not a rubber stamp. However, in February 2015, Nitish Kumar became CM again with the support of Lalu Yadav. Since then, the two leaders have had different paths, but last month, Jitan Ram Manji rejoined the Nitish-led NDA with a U-turn. Now Nitish Kumar is seeking votes for his rival Manji in Imamganj constituency. He was confronted by two-time speaker Uday Narayan Chowdhury.


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Became MLA and Minister for the first time

Jitan Ram Manji started his political career with the Congress Party. In 1960, Gaya won the Fatehpurpur assembly seat for the first time. In 1973, Manji was made Minister of State in the government of Chandrasekhar Singh. In 1975 he won the election again. Apart from Chandrasekhar Singh, he was a minister in the cabinet of three other Congress chief ministers (Bindeshwari Dubey, Satyendra Narayan Sinha and Jagannath Mishra) till 1990.

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Seeing the Lalu wave, the Congress left and came back

In the 1990 assembly elections, Manji lost the Janata Dal (flywheel election symbol) wave wave as the Congress candidate. He immediately joined the Janata Dal and became close to CM Lalu Yadav. In 1996, he was elected MLA in the by-election from Barachatti constituency. When Lalu Yadav formed the RJD, Manji joined the RJD. Manji was a government minister in both Lalu Yadav and Rabri Devi, but had to resign after being named in the degree scandal.

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Lots of U-turns in 15 years


In 2005, when the RJD rule came to an end and Nitish Kumar’s JDU became stronger, Manji Janata Dal became United. He was also a minister in Nitish’s cabinet. In 2015, he formed his new party Hindustani Aom Morcha (HM) after a feud with Nitish and contested the 2015 assembly elections with the BJP but lost in one of the two seats. His party did worse than expected from opinion polls, which saw them at gaining about one seat. Before the Lok Sabha elections, Manji left the NDA and joined the RJD-Congress alliance. Now he is in the NDA again with Nitish Kumar.

He left the government service and took the path of politics

Born into a poor agricultural working class family, Manji left government service to pursue a career in politics. Prior to joining politics, he worked as a clerk in the Department of Posts and Telegraphs (Gaya Telephone Exchange) for 13 years, but had a penchant for politics since his student days. When his younger brother joined a police job and Manji was convinced that his parents had the support of the old age stick, he resigned from the job and ran for a congressional ticket in 1980. He won for the first time and also became a minister. As he said, Manjio was preferred by politicians before the 1980s to get votes from the Dalit community. He also challenged the legislator but was unsuccessful.

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A piece of destiny written on slate

Jitan Ram Manji said in a meeting that ever since he regained consciousness he had found himself in the house of a landlord. A teacher used to teach his children there. As Manji, when Guruji taught their children, they would watch and listen to them with interest. Later, the children gave Manji a torn slate considering his interest in reading, from which Manji began the story of his life. He later graduated from Magadha University.

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