Former chief minister Manjhi today turned his guns on Paswan as he claimed that the LJP leader had insulted him by telling a news channel that "he (Manjhi) was on trial in NDA". Manjhi said he was offended by the purported remark as he has been in active politics since 1970s and has served as an MLA, minister in the state Cabinet and also Chief Minister for around nine months in the current JD-U government.

Hitting out at Paswan, Manjhi questioned the former's status as 'a leader of Dalits and accused him of practicing 'family-centric politics'. "How could he (Paswan) claim to be a national leader of Dalits when he did not utter a word on several issues plaguing the Scheduled Castes (SC). He didn't even protest when his own castes of Paswan and Dusadh were not included among 'mahadalits' by the Nitish Kumar government," Manjhi told reporters.

Flanked by HAM leaders Nitish Mishra, Ajit Singh, Poonam Devi and others, Manjhi said it was him who had included the Paswan and Dusadh castes among 'mahadalits' and asserted that, considering that achievement, Union Minister Paswan could not be regarded as a leader of even his own caste.

Taking a dig at Paswan, Manjhi further said he was ready to accept the LJP chief as an international leader if only he could separate himself from the family-centric politics he practices.

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