Manjhi, who was speaking at Garib Swabhiman Sammelan here, appealed to the people to request their MLAs to support him. "You all should request your MLAs that they should support me if I have not done anything wrong in thinking about the poor.
"Be a little patient. I will do more for you," he said adding what he has done so far after becoming chief minister was merely a 'trailer' and the actual fight was yet to come. "I am ready to die, but not ready to bow down," he said.
Expressing apprehension that measures announced by him could be annulled if another government comes to power, Manjhi said he has at least paved the way for the poor.
"What I have thought about could be eclipsed by those who will come after me. I am not worried about myself but I am worried about the society. I can take heart that I am going after paving the way for the poor and thinking something about everybody," he said.
Manjhi said he was made the chief minister thinking he would work as directed. "I want to confess that for the first two months I did so.
List came as to who all will become my ministers and I just signed. Lists of transfers and posting of officials came, I used to sign. I was labeled as being run by remote and as a rubber stamp Chief Minister.
"After two months, I realised that I was cheating the society as chief minister and I must do something for it as I have been given the opportunity. But when I started working for the society, people of feudal mentality became unnerved," he said.
Manjhi said even a child takes nine months to take birth, but he was not given this time. But he could do some work at least in the short period he got.