Following the JD(U)’s move to serve a legal notice against him for his statement that Bihar CM Nitish Kumar wanted to give a ticket to RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin’s wife in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, but could not do so due to BJP’s opposition, BJP legislature party leader in Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, said he stands by his words. He added that Nitish’s “frustration” after being “exposed” on the Shahabuddin issue had driven him to serve the legal notice.
“I stand by my words and maintain that Nitish Kumar has no problems with Shahabuddin and had wanted to give a ticket for the 2009 Lok Sabha polls to his wife Heena Shahab. If Nitish has problems with Shahabuddin, why does he not accede to Prashant Bhushan’s request for shifting the trial outside Bihar,” said Modi.
The former deputy CM added: “Lalu Prasad succeeded in making Nitish Kumar suspend Mokama MLA Anant Singh from JD (U) last year. Can Nitish Kumar get Lalu to suspend Shahabuddin from RJD?”
JD (U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar, who had served Modi the notice Tuesday on behalf of the party, said the BJP leader should “take back his word and apologise”.