Trying to downplay the controversy over Shahabuddin’s statement that Nitish Kumar is a chief minister of circumstances, RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday said that there is nothing wrong with what the former MP had said.
“Shahabuddin has said nothing wrong. He has only said that Lalu Yadav is his leader. Nitish has no problem with his statement,” said Yadav.
Soon after being released from jail on September 10 after 11 years, the controversial RJD leader had described Nitish Kumar as the ‘chief minister of circumstances’ and that RJD supremo Lalu Prasad was his only leader.
Not stopping at questioning Kumar’s credentials for the chief minister’s post, Shahabuddin had reportedly said yesterday that he was not a mass leader.
The outbursts by Shahabuddin and another RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, who claimed that he was opposed to the chief minister’s mantle being given to Nitish Kumar, has caused rift within the ruling Grand Secular Alliance.
Shahabuddin ne koi aisi baat nahin ki hai,ye kaha ki Lalu ji neta hain.Takleef Nitish ji ko nhi hai is baat se: Lalu pic.twitter.com/qMkRRnFFwI
— ANI (@ANI_news) September 12, 2016
Stung by Shahabuddin’s acerbic remarks, another JD(U) spokesman Niraj Kumar had hit back yesterday and threatened strong action against the RJD leader but did not elaborate.
Meanwhile, opposition BJP has demanded that the RJD strongman be booked under Crime Control Act as has been done in the case of Anant Singh, the independent MLA from Mokama.