Prashant kishore – currently the JD(U) national vice-president – tweeted, The claims made by Laluji as reported are bogus.
but the assertion was promptly dismissed as “bogus” by the poll strategist-turned-politician”.
Reacting to an excerpt of the soon-to-be-released autobiography of Prasad,
Prashant Kishor – currently the JD(U) national vice-president – tweeted, “The claims made by Laluji as reported are bogus.
This is nothing but a poor attempt (at) seeking relevance by a leader whose best days are behind him.
“Yes, we did meet many times before I joined JD(U), but if I were to tell what all was discussed then he would be quite embarrassed”.
Prashant Kishor, who had worked with Kumar and Prasad as a strategist during 2015 assembly polls,
also shared the excerpt published in an English daily which quoted the RJD supremo as having said,
“Prashant Kishor seemed to indicate that if I were to assure in writing my party’s support to the JD(U),
the latter would pull out of the BJP alliance and rejoin Mahagathbandhan.
“Though I was not bitter with Nitish, I had lost 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 Prashant Kishor’s offer,” the report quoted Prasad as having said in the book.
Kumar had severed his ties with the Grand Alliance in July, 2017,
The chief minister, who was apparently embarrassed after his then deputy and Lalu Prasad‘s younger son got embroiled in a corruption scandal,
announced his resignation in a sudden development that he attributed to his “inner voice”
There had been speculations last year, especially in the aftermath of a spate of communal incidents that erupted around the Ram Navami festival in several parts of the state,
that the JD(U) president was getting uneasy with his old ally’s new,
aggressive avatar and thinking of a return to the “Mahagathbandhan” – a term he had himself coined.
Meanwhile, former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav,
also sought to approve the claim made in the excerpt published in the English daily.
“It is true that Nitish Kumar had desperately tried to walk out of NDA within months of returning to the BJP-led coalition.
Negotiations were on through various channels.
Prashant Kishor, may have been involved,” Yadav told reporters in Madhepura
JD(U) spokesman Rajiv Ranjan said, “Kishor is also a strategist who meets a vast cross-section of people in that capacity.
but not for the reasons stated by the jailed leader.”
Notably, in a recently telecast interview to a news channel,
Kumar too had spoken of Prashant Kishor’s close acquaintance with political figures of all hues and remarked “even Lalu speaks to him from jail.
It may be against the rules but he does that”.