Hindustani Awam Morcha founder and former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has ended month-long suspension and has decided to seek re-election from the Makhdumpur assembly seat for the upcoming Bihar election 2015.
His party will be contesting 20 seats in 243-member Bihar assembly, on Friday released a list of 13 contestants.
Manjhi also announced the names of five persons those who will be contesting the elections on BJP tickets. Sumit Singh, Nitish Mishra, Binay Bihari, Ajay Pratap and Raju Singh will be contesting on the saffron party’s ticket.
Manjhi following the footsteps of LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan, showed his affinity for families and relatives by fielding his Santosh Kumar Suman, his eldest son from the Kutumba reserved constituency in Aurangabad district.
“The names for remaining seven seats, including the contentious Jamui and Chakai seats, would be announced on Saturday,” said Manjhi.
Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) led by Ram Vilas Paswan has staked claim over these two seats.
HAM in the list of 13 candidates has inducted three new faces, which includes Manjhi’s son. Along with his son, Rajeshwar Manjhi from Phulwarisharif and Rajesh Kumar alias Rohit from Khagaria are the other two new faces.
All other members are either MLCs or MLAs in the outgoing Bihar assembly.
Shakuni Choudhary, HAM state president will contest from Tarapur. Brishen Patel, former ministers will test his luck at Vaishali, Shahid Ali Khan from Sursand, Anil Kumar Singh from Tekari, Mahachander Singh from Gopalganj and Ajit Kumar from Kanti.
HAM list also includes names of leaders like Naushad Alam from the Darbhanga rural seat, Rahul Kumar from Ghosi, Ravinder Rai from Mahua, and Santosh Kumar from Kutumba.