New Delhi: Former Bihar Chief Minister and wife of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi stirred a storm recently when she told the media that poll strategist Prashant Kishor approached Lalu Yadav in bid to cobble up an alliance with JD(U) in view of the General elections- she has now said that Nitish Kumar too wants to rekindle their erstwhile poll partnership.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Rabri said, ” Nitish Kumar wanted to come back, he had said that I want to see Tejashwi as chief minister in 2020 and you declare me as PM candidate.”
Rabri’s claims come in the backdrop of a bitter battle of words between her and Prashant Kishor after the former alleged that the famed poll strategist is trying to pitch another shot at a JD(U)-RJD alliance, presumably on the behest of chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Speaking to the media earlier, Rabri said, “I asked him to go away as I had no trust left in Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar following his betrayal… All our staff and security personnel deployed here were witnesses. He called on us at least five times, mostly here (her residence).”
On Saturday morning, senior JD(U) leader Kishor slammed Rabri over her allegations and tweeted, “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। (Whenever Laluji wants, we can address the media together and tell them who met whom and what offer was rolled out)
Nitish Kumar, who is one of the star campaigners of the NDA in Bihar, hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its government’s efforts for the welfare of Bihar, at a rally held on April 7.
Campaigning in the Jamui, Kishanganj and Bhagalpur parliamentary constituencies, Nitish Kumar, also the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief, attacked the opposition Grand Alliance for its “baseless talks”. Then with folded hands, he asked to give his ‘mazdoori’ (wages) in the form of votes. “We have come to seek votes from you on the basis of the work. I have done development work in last 13 years and I am seeking wages for it from you,” he said, adding that his government constructed roads to connect all villages, provided electricity and was working to provide clean drinking water, and established rule of law and harmony in the state.