Taking a jibe at his predecessor and Hindustani Awam Morcha leader Jitan Ram Manjhi over his allegations that the state government had deployed policemen around trees at his official 1, Anne Road, residence in the city to stop him from plucking fruits, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said that he would buy mangoes for those least interested about serving the people.
“I don’t have knowledge about all this. I am not aware of such a frivolous issue. Some people develop affection for a few things within a short span of time. We are more concerned about the people, and those concerned about the mangoes should be given the fruit in ample numbers. What’s the problem in that?” he asked.
According to reports, 24 policemen are currently safeguarding 100 litchi, mango and jackfruit trees on the property, which Manjhi continues to occupy despite not being the chief minister.
Jitan Ram Manjhi had refused to vacate the official chief minister’s residence after demitting office in February, claiming that he had not been granted an alternative accommodation.
As a result of which, incumbent Nitish Kumar works from 7, Circular House, which was allotted to him in his capacity as former chief minister.
Jitan Ram Manjhi had after being ousted from the JD (U) floated the ‘Hindustani Awam Morcha’.
The Hindustani Awam Morcha has been formed to counter the JD (U) ahead of Bihar Assembly polls to be held later this year.