Patna, Mar 31 : Four leaders who had floated their own parties in Bihar after the last Lok Sabha poll are contesting election this year for the first time.
Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) Rajiv Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, Vikasshil Insan Party (VIP) chief Mukesh Sahni and Jantantrik Vikas Party (JVP) chief Anil Kumar are such candidates in Lok Sabha election, who have entered into the electoral fray for the first time as captains of their respective parties.
This election is being treated as ‘litmus test’ for chiefs of these parties.
Among these four leaders, Mr Manjhi and Mr Yadav had floated their own parties after they fell out with their respective bosses- JD (U) chief Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
Chief Minister Mr Kumar had resigned from his post after his party was routed in 2014 Lok Sabha election and he picked up Mr Manjhi for the top political post in the state.
Mr Manjhi after occupying the chair of chief minister started changing his tone and tenor later and ultimately floated his own party Hindustani Awam Morcha by breaking relationship with JD (U).
In 2015 state assembly election, Mr Manjhi`s HAM party had contested election on 20 seats but could win only one seat.
HAM as a constituent of grand alliance is contesting Lok Sabha election for the first time by fielding its candidates on three seats. (UNI)