Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav has claimed that Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar wanted to return to the ‘mahagathbandhan’ within six months of walking out and allying with BJP.
In his soon-to-be released book ‘Gopalganj to Raisina: My Political Journey’, the former Bihar CM Lalu Yadav claimed that Kumar sent JD(U) vice-president Prashant Kishor five times, attempting on each occasion, to convince Lalu to facilitate Kumar’s re-entry into the “secular” fold.
A TOI report quoted Lalu stating that “Kishor seemed to indicate that if I were to assure in writing my party’s support to JD(U), the latter would pull out of the BJP alliance and rejoin the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance).” “Though I was not bitter with Nitish, I had lost trust in him completely. Moreover, I was not sure how the people who had voted for the grand alliance in 2015, and the other parties that had united against the BJP all over the country would react if I accepted Kishor’s offer,” he has said.
Scrambling to his father’s aid, RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav backed Lalu’s claims and said, “Nitish Kumar sent messages to my father, to me and various Congress leaders with a slew of deals within six months of allying with BJP.” Sharpening his attack at Kishor, he further questioned the JD(U) leader’s intention. “Does Kishor meet anyone without an agenda?”, he said, adding that Kumar will never be accepted back, “even if he chooses to join the mahagthbandhan today”.
However, rubbishing all such claims, Janata Dal (United) Vice President Prashant Kishor said that the statement made by Lalu Prasad Yadav that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wanted to return to the Grand Alliance after severing ties in 2017 were bogus.
“This is nothing but a poor attempt seeking relevance by a leader whose best days are behind him,” says Kishor. “Yes, we did meet many times before I joined JDU, but if I were to tell what all was discussed then he would be quite embarrassed.”
The claims made by Laluji as reported are BOGUS. This is nothing but a poor attempt seeking relevance by a leader whose best days are behind him.
Yes, we did meet many times before I joined JDU, but if I were to tell what all was discussed then he would be quite embarrassed. https://t.co/9B5clUBxea
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) April 5, 2019
Senior BJP leader and Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister, Sushil Kumar Modi, also rubbished Lalu Prasad’s statements.