Manjhi's rise from humble origins to 23rd CM of Bihar
Rising from humble origins, Jitan Ram Manjhi today became the 23rd Chief Minister of Bihar.
Manjhi was born in an agricultural labourer's family in 1944 in Mahkar, a small village of Gaya district.
Despite acute poverty, Manjhi managed to complete his education till graduation level.
First elected to Bihar Assembly in 1980 from Fatehpur on a Congress ticket, he has served the state as minister in different regimes since then. He was made deputy minister of Welfare Department.
In 1985, Manjhi was again elected on a Congress ticket from Fatehpur seat.
He was elected from Barachatti on Janata Dal ticket in 1995 and served as minister of state for Education.
In 2000, Manjhi was elected to Bihar assembly on RJD ticket from Bodhgaya assembly constituency and again in the year 2005.
He was made Minister in Nitish Kumar government but had to quit the post within 24 hours of taking oath due to the charges of B Ed scam pending against him.
After charges against him were dropped, Manjhi was again made Minister in Nitish Kumar government in 2007.
In second term of the Nitish Kumar government, Manjhi was made Minister of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Welfare Department. He has two sons and five daughters.
(Posted on 21-05-2014)