Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi met home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday evening in the backdrop of charges from the Janata Dal (United) that the BJP was guiding Manjhi, a charge the government strongly refuted.
Manjhi’s meeting with the home minister comes days before he faces the trust vote on February 20.
Curiously, Manjhi, who was said to have travelled to Delhi for BJP president Amit Shah’s son’s reception, could not be spotted at the venue. BJP sources suggested the party’s reaching out to Manjhi was expected to help the BJP make inroads into the Mahadalit votebank. But a BJP leader said the leadership expected Nitish Kumar to be back in the chief minister’s seat this month. Sources said Manjhi may not wait for voting on the trust vote and might resign after making his point during the vote.