PATNA: Former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awam Mocrha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi has opened his party office in far-away Hindus’ pilgrimage town Haridwar in Uttarakhand, indicating his soaring political ambitions.
Manjhi opened his party office at Roshanabad in Haridwar on Saturday after inducting Sanjay Kumar as the state president of Uttarakhand.
This is apparently the first opening of Manjhi’s party office outside Bihar.
“Uttarakhand lacks in basic facilities such as health and education and my party will launch agitation for it,” Kumar told the media today.
However, opening of HAM’s office in Uttarakhand has bewildered the political experts given the fact that first it will be Uttar Pradesh which goes to polls early next year.
This is the first significant step of Manjhi after his party fared too badly in recently-held assembly elections in Bihar, winning only one seat of 25 it had contested.
Although Manjhi was the lone winner, his own performance was far from satisfactory as could win only one seat out of two he had contested.
He won Imamganj seat in Gaya district defeating former assembly Speaker and JD-U leader Udai Nayaran Chaudhary but lost his home Makhdumpur seat in Jehanabad.