Patna, April 13: A war of words intensified between Janata Dal-United (JDU) vice president Prashant Kishor and Tejashwi Yadav, the de facto chief of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). Kishor took a sharp dig at RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav over the claims of Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi that the JDU leader offered a poll alliance with the RJD. In a tweet, Kishor invited Lalu to an open debate in front of the media. Prashant Kishor Meets Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena Calls It Courtesy Meeting.
Kishor taking a dig at the RJD chief tweeted, “Those convicted or facing charges of abuse of public office and misappropriation of funds are claiming to be the custodians of truth.”
Prashant Kishor's tweet:
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
Hitting back at Kishor, Tejashwi challenged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to speak up on the controversy. “Why is Nitish maintaining silence? He should come out and speak. Prashant Kishor has been meeting us, it is written in Lalu's book also. Prashant should first take permission from Nitish and then tweet,” reported CNN News18 quoting Tejashwi as saying. Prashant Kishor Apologises After NDA Leaders Didn't Turn Up to Receive Soldier's Body.
While replying to Kishor, The RJD in a tweet said that the JDU vice president should go to Modi-Nitish duo to sell stories. The party further added that our party chief has more experience than your age. There are so many politicians like you have who have come and gone.
पांडे जी, तुम्हारी जितनी उम्र है उससे ज़्यादा राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष जी को राजनीतिक अनुभव है। तुम्हारे जैसे पता नहीं कितने बाज़ारू लोग और छुईमुई नेता आए-गए एवं बनाए-बिगाड़े है। तुम्हारी फ़्रॉडगिरी यहाँ नहीं चलेगी।अपने आप को नीतीश-मोदी के सामने बेचो।पोल खोल दी तो कहीं के नहीं रहोगे। https://t.co/wjU8HWuEZb
— Rashtriya Janata Dal (@RJDforIndia) April 13, 2019
Ex-Bihar minister Rabari Devi claimed that Kishor, who joined Nitish Kumar's JD (U) last year, recently met Lalu. She further added that Kishor suggested that the RJD and the JDU should merge again and the alliance thus formed should declare its "prime ministerial candidate" ahead of the national election. Rabari said, “Nitish Kumar wanted to come back, he had said that I want to see Tejashwi as CM in 2020 and you declare me as PM candidate. Even, Prashant Kishor came to meet us five times after our alliance had ended.”
Rabri Devi's statement:
Rabri Devi: Nitish Kumar wanted to come back, he had said that I want to see Tejashwi as CM in 2020 and you declare me as PM candidate. Even, Prashant Kishor came to meet us five times after our alliance had ended. pic.twitter.com/88sghakpcq
— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2019
In 2015, RJD and JDU contested assembly elections in the state in alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, Nitish Kumar quit the coalition and joined hands with the BJP in 2017. Currently, The RJD has 80 seats in the assembly, while the Congress has 27 seats in the 243 member assembly. The JDU has 71 seats, and the saffron party has its MLAs on 53 seats.