Patna, Sept 10: All is well that ends well. A ugly spat between Jiten Ram Manjhi and Ram Vilas Paswan has ended with both the leader making up.
He is like my elder brother, Manjhi said after the patch up. The patch up between the two leaders comes as a major relief for the NDA which will now have to focus on the crucial issue of seat sharing.
BJP's national president Amit Shah has made it clear that he wants no hiccups when it comes to seat sharing. The only emphasis should be on winning the polls, the told the party leaders in clear terms.
BJP leaders in Bihar say that there were initially some hiccups with allies demanding a certain number of seats. However all that has been put to rest now, the leader informed.
The Paswan- Manjhi patch up is an interesting story. Manjhi began the war by making allegations against Paswan. He even questioned what Paswan had done for the Dalits. Manjhi had also raised eye brows when he had sent one of his aides to meet with Lalu Prasad Yadav, a move the BJP dismissed as a pressure tactic to bag more seats to contest the polls.
With the battle between Manjhi and Paswan escalating, they were both told to reach Delhi. The patch up was to be done by Bihar in charge for the BJP and Union Minister Ananth Kumar. Both Paswan and Manjhi reached the Patna airport at the same time and were to fly out to Delhi. They are said to have sat together.
On reaching Delhi, both the leaders had almost sorted out all their differences. Following the patch up and the meeting at Delhi, Manjhi said that differences are bound to occur in a family and Paswan is like by elder brother, he said.
Paswan however, made no comment and he had remained quiet all through when Manjhi launched a verbal attack against him two days back.