The case of George Fernandes being denied a Lok Sabha ticket by the ruling JD-U in Bihar on health grounds became more curious with the septuagenarian leader himself declaring on Wednesday that he was not sick as projected by the party. He said he was fit and fine.
Both Fernandes and JD-U leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also accused each other of being misled and misguided on the ability of the firebrand socialist to withstand the rigours of an election.
Fernandes was also visibly upset when confronted with suggestions by his family members,including wife Leila Kabir Fernandes,that he was not fit for contesting polls owing to his ill-health. I am sitting fit and fine before you. I am really hurt. I have come here to seek peoples opinion on contesting elections from Muzaffarpur,the seat I represented several times in the past. I will announce my decision after meeting the people in the constituency, Fernandes told a crowded press conference,a day after he arrived here on his first visit to Bihar to a rousing welcome by his supporters after being denied a ticket by JD-U.
Nitish Kumar alleged that Fernandes was being misled and defended the JD(U) decision of denying him a ticket.