It appears that all is not well with the Congress-led Mahagathbandhan in Bihar. Cracks have appeared in the coalition as Jitan Ram Manjhi, leader of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) has threatened the RJD and said that he is not happy with the number of seats given to his party.
Jitan Ram Manjhi has said that the party will demand more seats. He has even said that he wants more seats than the RSLP.
"We will ask for more seats than what has been given to RSLP," he said.
At present, the Grand Alliance in Bihar comprises the Congress, the RJD, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP), Sahni's fledgling outfit, the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav's Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD).
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha and new entrant to the "Mahagathbandhan" (Grand Alliance) Mukesh Sahni met Lalu Prasad in a Ranchi jail on December 29 as part of the process for seat-sharing in the opposition coalition in Bihar for the 2019 general election.
Prasad is lodged at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi on medical grounds, after his conviction in the multi-crore-rupee fodder scam cases.
Sources close to the jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo said preliminary talks were held between Prasad and the three leaders regarding seat-sharing in the anti-NDA grouping.
Prasad's younger son and RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav also met the party supremo after Kushwaha and told reporters that there was no hurry to announce a seat-sharing formula.
"Our priority is to make the NDA bite the dust and not to make the number of seats a prestige issue," he said.
In December, RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha quit the NDA owing to the discontent over seat sharing in Bihar for the upcoming General elections. Within days he joined the Congress-led Mahagathbandhan in Bihar.
After being offered only two Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, which came at a time when he was already miffed with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for calling him 'neech', Kushwaha broke away from NDA and quit as Union Minister.