Caste politics continues to dominate Bihar as Rashtriya Janata Dal workers performed a purification ritual after former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi garlanded the statue of freedom fighter Ram Manohar Lohia in Supaul.
The Janata Dal United has hit out at the RJD for the move. “We condemn this move. Ram Manohar Lohia was a mass leader. Everyone has the right to garland Lohia’s statue,” said JDU chief Sharad Yadav.
Reacting to the reports, Manjhi also said that such acts should be condemned. Manjhi is a prominant leader of Bihar’s Maha-Dalit community.
The Bharatiya Janata Party was quick to hit out at RJD workers. “I think the development in Bihar clearly shows its anti-Dalit approach,” said BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao.
Manjhi was expelled from JDU and is now an unattached member of the Bihar Assembly after he refused to give up his chief ministership.
On Sunday, RJD, JDU, Samajwadi Party (SP), Janata Dal Secular(JDS)joined hands to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party on a national stage starting with Bihar elections scheduled later in 2015.