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Father’s record unmatched, Manjhi like family: Chirag Paswan

Jamui MP and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) parliamentary board chairman Chirag Paswan feels the youth of the state want to see Bihar develop like other states. Talking to Arun Kumar, he expresses confidence that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will get two-thirds majority, as people have experienced the rule of all the constituents of the Grand Alliance — Congress, RJD and JD(U) — and disliked the experience.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2015 00:55 IST
HT Correspondent
BJP President Amit Shah with HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi and LJP President Ram Vilas Paswan during a press conference.
BJP President Amit Shah with HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi and LJP President Ram Vilas Paswan during a press conference.(HT Photo)

Jamui MP and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) parliamentary board chairman Chirag Paswan feels the youth of the state want to see Bihar develop like other states. Talking to Arun Kumar, he expresses confidence that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will get two-thirds majority, as people have experienced the rule of all the constituents of the Grand Alliance — Congress, RJD and JD(U) — and disliked the experience.

Where do you see Bihar’s development debate heading in the midst of political rhetoric?

There is a question mark on both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, and on the Congress, when it comes to talking about Bihar’s development. All three should answer why Bihar has remained where it was since Independence, while other states marched ahead. The Congress ruled for 42 years, the RJD for 15 years and Nitish for 10 years. They must answer, not question.

How do you view the development in the state?

The kind of struggle people of Bihar have faced so far reflects a yawning gap. Other states talk about metros, industries, multiplexes and bullet trains, while here even the basic amenities are not available. People in Bihar are concerned about roads, hand pumps and electricity, and they know who is responsible for all this. Lakhs of people have to migrate from Bihar to join the workforce in other states as they don’t have opportunities here. I have seen them face humiliation in Mumbai and other parts, but they have no other option. Who is responsible for all this?

Is there a battle between Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitan Ram Manjhi over Dalit leadership in Bihar?

Amitabh Bachchan is the superstar of Bollywood, but many actors who came after him did a lot of good work and left a big impact. They made a place for themselves, but Amitabh Bachchan remained where he is. My father has had a political career spanning 46 years; he was a nine-time Lok Sabha MP and once in the Rajya Sabha. Twice he made into the Guinness Book of Records for winning with the highest margin. He has had the opportunity to work with six PMs. His record is unmatched. The section Manjhi represents also deserves more space. There is no tussle. Manjhi is like family.