New Delhi: After being expelled from the Janata Dala United (JD-U) for criticising amended citizenship act, political strategist Prashant Kishor on Tuesday raised questions on his former mentor and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for staying in the alliance with the BJP. Also Read - New Front or Teaming up With Oppn? Prashant Kishor to Reveal His Bihar Election Strategy Today

Addressing a presser in his hometown Patna, Kishor dismissed the Bihar Chief Minister’s claims about development in the state. “Bihar was poorest state in 2005 and continues to be so. There is no one to question Nitish Kumar’s governance model”, the former JD(U) president said, launching a scathing attack on Kumar. Also Read - Prashant Kishor to Get Z-Plus Security Cover From West Bengal Government: Reports

“There have been many discussions between me and Nitish ji about the party’s (JD-U) ideology. He always told us that the party can never leave the ideals of Gandhi ji. But now the party is with those who are soft on Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse. For me Gandhi ji and Godse cannot go together,”  Kishor told reporters. Also Read - Thank You Delhi, Tweets Prashant Kishor as Trends Show Sweep of AAP

Upping the ante against Kumar, Kishor further stated that people of Bihar will stand with any leader of the state. “We don’t need an alliance with BJP to win. Hum woh neta chahte hain jo sashakt ho, jo Bihar ke liye apni baat kehne mein kisi ka pichhlaggu na bane”, he added.

Speaking on his expulsion from JD(U), the poll strategist said, “I have had good relations with Nitish Ji. I have immense respect for him. I will not question his decision.”

Kishor also informed that he will launch campaign titled ‘Baat Bihar Ki’ that will kick start from February 20.  “I am starting a program called ‘Baat Bihar ki’ to work towards making Bihar one of the 10 best states in the country”, the former JD(U) leader said. The aim of the campaign is to mobilise one crore youth over the next 100 days.