Taking a sharp dig at RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on his wife Rabri Devi’s claim about a pre-poll alliance offer to the party, JD(U) leader Prashant Kishor on Saturday dared Yadav to tell the media what transpired during their talks.
“Whenever @laluprasadrjd ji wants, he can sit with me before the media as it would let everybody know what transpired between me and him and who offered what to whom,” Kishor said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Kishor, who is the national vice-president of the JD(U), also came down heavily on Prasad for making “false claims” and tweeted saying “those convicted or facing charges of abuse of public office and misappropriation of funds are claiming to be the custodians of truth”.
Those convicted or facing charges of abuse of public office and misappropriation of funds are claiming to be the custodians of truth.@laluprasadrjd जी जब चाहें, मेरे साथ मीडिया के सामने बैठ जाएं, सबको पता चल जाएगा कि मेरे और उनके बीच क्या बात हुई और किसने किसको क्या ऑफर दिया।
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) April 13, 2019
Rabri Devi on Friday claimed that Kishor had met her husband Lalu Prasad with the proposal that the RJD and Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) merge and the new entity thus formed declare its “prime ministerial candidate” ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. “Prashant Kishor wanted us to project Nitish Kumar as the PM candidate (in lieu of Nitish returning to the Grand Alliance). He may backtrack now but it is the truth,” she said.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had walked out of the Grand Alliance in 2017, which was formed upon his party’s partnership with the RJD and the Congress and had re-joined the NDA.
Earlier, Kishor had termed Prasad’s claims as “bogus” in his recently published autobiography that Kumar wanted to return to the Grand Alliance, for which he had sent Kishor as his emissary to the RJD supremo.
Kishor had worked with both Kumar and Prasad as a strategist during the 2015 Bihar Assembly polls. He formally joined the JD(U) in September last year.