(Riya Singh, Intern Journalist): In a setback to the Grand Alliance before the Bihar assembly polls, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) (HAM-S) has announced that it’ll leave the alliance.

The party, which is ready to hitch the NDA, will take a turn on the difficulty during a few days. “The party’s executive committee has authorized Manjhi Ji to take a call on the future course of action,” HAM-S spokesperson Danish Rizwan said.

Sources within the party said that the HAM-S may either merge with the JD(U) or enter into an alliance with the party for the Bihar Assembly election.

Manjhi, however, during the last few months had been exploring options of an alliance with different parties including Owaisi led-AIMIM. Earlier, Manjhi had fallen out with Nitish Kumar after he was made to quit the CM’s post in early 2015. He walked out of the NDA after a poor show within the 2015 Assembly polls.

HAM-S has one member each in the Bihar Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council.

Sources within the party said that HAM-S becoming a part of the NDA is just a formality.

NDA leaders feel that if in the least Manjhi joins the alliance, the JD(U) will use it to silence the LJP, which lately has been embarrassing the govt by raising different issues. “If somebody shows trust within the NDA’s leadership and policy, we don’t have any problem with other parties joining,” BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand said.

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