New Delhi: Janata Dal-United (JD-U) vice-president Prashant Kishor on Friday slammed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s claims that he served as a middleman to attempt Nitish Kumar back into the Mahagathbandhan.
The former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav claimed in his soon-to-be-released book that Nitish Kumar had wanted to return to the mahagathbandhan within six months of walking out and allying with BJP, but was rejected by Lalu. In the book, Lalu also blamed Kishor, a friend and confidante of Kumar, for acting as a middleman to bring Nitish back to Lalu’s stable.
Lalu wrote that Prashant Kishor approached Lalu at least five different occasions to facilitate Nitish Kumar’s “re-entry into the secular fold.” Slamming the RJD chief, Kishor called all his claims “bogus”, adding that it was nothing but a poor attempt of the leader to grab attention.
“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,” he said in a tweet.
Lalu, in his forthcoming book ‘Gopalganj to Raisina: My Political Journey’, co-authored by Nalin Verma, also stated that even though he was not bitter with Nitish, he had lost his 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 added.