Bihar assembly elections 2015: Jitan Ram Manjhi willing to serve as CM

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Patna, Nov 8: Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is willing to serve for second term as chief minister of the state, media reported.

"If I am asked to be CM, I will accept it," said Jitan Ram Manjhi ahead of the Bihar verdict which is showing a neck to neck competition.

Jitan Ram Manjhi willing to be Bihar CM

"I have no wish as such but if a situation arises where I am asked to be the CM, then I will accept it and not back off," Manjhi, whose Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) is part of BJP lead NDA.

To test his popularity, Manjhi contested from two assembly seats- one his traditional seat Makhdumpur (SC) in Jehanabad and Imamganj (SC) in Gaya.

Manjhi faced JD(U) candidate and state Assembly speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary in Imamganj constituency. In Makhdumpur, he was pitted against RJD candidate Subedar Das.

Manjhi's son Santosh Kumar contested from Kutumba seat (reserved) in Aurangabad district and his son-in-law Devendra Manjhi contested from Bodh Gaya seat, as an independent.

Manjhi had stepped down as Bihar Chief Minister in February this year.

HAM fought on 21 seats in Bihar assembly elections.

The five-phase polls in Bihar witnessed a 56.80 percent voter turnout, the highest in assembly election in the state's history.

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