Patna, Apr 13: Amid raging controversy over reported offer of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for merger of JD(U) and RJD and declaration of Mr Kumar as common candidate for the post of PM for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, in reciprocal offer for Mr Tejaswi Prasad Yadav as CM candidate in 2020 state Assembly polls, which was firmly denied by JD(U) vice president Prashant Kishore who had said a debate with RJD chief Lalu Prasad before media would make all things clear, former Chief Minister Rabri Devi today accepted the challenge and asked Mr Kishore to seek permission from IG (prison) for a debate with him in jail in Ranchi.
Ms Rabri Devi told media here that Mr Kishore had met RJD chief Mr Prasad with proposal from Mr Kumar for merger of RJD and JD(U) with condition for declaration of Mr Kumar as PM candidate for 2019 Lok Sabha elections and in return, offer was made for announcement of Mr Tejaswi Prasad Yadav as CM candidate in 2020 Bihar assembly elections.
The proposal was rejected by RJD as Mr Kumar had lost his credibility in public, she said, adding that all facts mentioned in this connection were true in the book "Gopalganj to Raisina: my political journey", a biography of Mr Prasad.
"Mr Kishore should seek permission from IG (prison) for a debate with RJD chief Mr Prasad on the issue", Ms Rabri Devi suggested while reacting over a tweet of Mr Kishore that debate with Mr Prasad before media would make all things clear what offer was made to whom. Mr Kishore had earlier in the day tweeted, "Those convicted or facing charges of abuse of public office and misappropriation of funds are claiming to be the custodians of truth".
Only a debate with him in media glare would make all things clear, the JD(U) vice president had pointed out.
"All our staff and security personnel deployed here are witnesses. Mr Kishore called on us at least five times, mostly here (her 10, Circular Road residence), and one or two times at paanch number (5, Deshratna Marg - the bungalow allotted to her younger son Tejashwi Yadav)", Ms Rabri Devi had thundered earlier to prove her point that what she was saying was correct. (UNI)