Prashant Kishor rubbishes Rabri Devi's merger claim
Patna: Poll strategist Prashant Kishor Saturday dismissed Rabri Devi's claim of he as an emissary of Nitish Kumar meeting her husband Lalu Prasad with a proposal to merge JD(U) and RJD which should declare its prime ministerial candidate ahead of the polls and dared RJD president to tell the media what transpired during their talks.
Kishor, who is the national vice-president of the Janata Dal (United), also came down heavily on Prasad for making "false claims" and quipped "those convicted or facing charges of abuse of public office and misappropriation of funds are claiming to be the custodians of truth".
He threw a challenge to the RJD supremo to sit with him before the media and tell everybody what transpired during their meeting and "who offered what".
"Whenever @laluprasadrjd ji wants, he should sit with me before the media as it would let everybody know what transpired between me and him and who gave an offer to whom," Kishor said in a tweet.
Rabri Devi on Friday dropped a bombshell claiming that Kishor had met Prasad with the proposal that the RJD and Nitish Kumar's JD(U) merge and the new entity thus formed declare its prime ministerial candidate ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
If Kishor denies having met Prasad with such a proposal, he is speaking a "blatant lie", she said.
"I got infuriated and asked him to go away as I had
no trust left in Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar following his betrayal," the RJD national vice-president, who is also the leader of the opposition in the state legislative council, said.
Earlier, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has said that many times people on behalf of Nitish Kumar met him as well approached Congress with reconciliation proposals.
Rabri Devi's revelation coming close on heels of Prasad in his recently-published autobiography claiming that Kishor had met him as an emissary of Nitish Kumar with the proposal that the chief minister's party be re-inducted into the Grand Alliance has stirred the political pot in Bihar.