New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav has claimed that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wanted to rejoin the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) within six months of allying with the ruling BJP. The RJD chief has made these claims in his upcoming book ‘From Gopalganj to Raisina’.
In his upcoming memoir, Yadav claimed that the Bihar CM sent his close confidante and JD(U) vice-president Prasant Kishor on five different occasion and hold talks with the RJD chief on Kumar’s re-entry into the ‘secular’ fold. [ Read: With Nitish Kumar’s Support, Sushil Modi Eyes All 40 Seats in 2019 Lok Sabha Elections]
“Kishor seemed to indicate that if I were to assure in writing my party’s support to JD(U), the latter would pull out of the BJP alliance and rejoin the 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 Kishor’s offer,” Lalu reportedly said in his soon-to-be released book, co-authored by journalist-turned-teacher Nalin Verma.
Reacting sharply to RJD chief’s claims, JD(U) secretary general K C Tyagi said that Nitish Kumar never wanted to get back to RJD after snapping ties with it in 2017. Speaking to Times of India, Tyagi said,”Claims made by Lalu Yadav are false. Had there been any such intention, then it must have come out in the internal party discussions. Nitish Kumar will be the last person to make compromise on corruption.”
On the other hand, Lalu Yadav’s son and former Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav said,”I say this with full responsibility, Nitish Kumar made many attempts to get back and ally with us, he tried many different approaches, that also within 6 months of returning to NDA.”
Nitish Kumar had snapped ties with mahagathbandhan in 2017. He was reportedly miffed with Tejashwi Yadav for not clearing the air with clarification regarding raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation in IRCTC Hotel allotment scam.