Patna, Apr 13: PM Narendra Modi's Man Friday in 2014 and poll strategist-turned-politician Prashant Kishor is involved in a no-holds-barred battle with Lalu Yadav Parivar over attempts of JD-U and RJD merger. Reacting to Kishore's Tweet attacking Rabri Devi, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav dared Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to speak on the controversy.
On Saturday, Kishore attacked Rabri for saying that he had lobbied to bring together Lalu and Nitish. “Whenever laluprasadrjd ji wants, he should sit with me before the media as it would let everybody know what transpired between me and him and who gave an offer to whom,” Kishore tweeted on Saturday morning.
Kishor's tweet drew a sharp reaction from Tejashwi. “Why is Nitish maintaining silence? He should come out and speak. Prashant Kishor has been meeting us, it is written in Lalu's book also. Prashant should first take permission from Nitish and then tweet,” attacked Tejashwi.
Kishor on Saturday had rubbished RJD chief Lalu Prasad's wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi's claim that he has proposed for a merger of the JD-U with the RJD in return for declaring Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as its Prime Ministerial candidate.
"Those convicted or facing charges of abuse of public office and misappropriation of funds are claiming to be the custodians of truth," Prashant Kishor tweeted in response to Rabri Devi's claim.
Rabri Devi said that she was angry after hearing Prashant Kishor's proposal and had asked Kishor to immediately leave her bungalow as there was no trust left in Nitish Kumar after he betrayed the Rashtriya Janata Dal and cheated people.
"Nitish Kumar lost his credential and faith of trust when he joined BJP and formed the government in July 2017 after dumping RJD and Congress.It was a big betrayal of the people's mandate," she said.
It is not the first time that Prashant Kishor has downplayed this political issue. Soon after Lalu Prasad in his yet to be released autobiography claimed that Prashant Kishor approached him to broker Nitish's JD-U's return to the Grand Alliance, Kishor has denied it.
Prashant Kishor, however, later admitted that he had met Lalu Prasad many times before joining JD-U last year. "If I were to tell what all was discussed, he (Lalu Prasad) would not be in position to speak."
Earlier Kishor said: "The claims made by Laluji as reported are 'bogus'. This is nothing but a poor attempt to seek relevance by a leader whose best days are behind him."
According to the book "Gopalganj to Raisina: My Political Journey", Nitish Kumar sent Kishor to meet Lalu Prasad five times to convince him to allow Nitish Kumar's re-entry into the Grand Alliance but was refused.
Last week Tejashwi Yadav tweeted: "Nitish Kumar wanted to rejoin mahagathbandhan says Lalu Prasad in upcoming book. I say this with full responsibility that Nitish Kumar made many attempts to get back and ally with us, he tried several times within six months of returning to the NDA."
News24 Bureau/ Agencies