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'Bogus': Prashant Kishor Rejects Lalu Yadav's 'Nitish Wanted To Return To Mahagathbandhan' Claim, Admits To Meeting RJD Chief Though Not As An Emissary

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Rejecting the claims made by RJD supremo and former Chief Minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav that Nitish Kumar had wanted to return to the Bihar 'Mahagathbandhan' six months after aligning with the BJP, vice president of JD(U) Prashant Kishor said that Lalu's claims are bogus.

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Updated On:

Rejecting the claims made by RJD supremo and former Chief Minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav that Nitish Kumar had wanted to return to the Bihar 'Mahagathbandhan' six months after aligning with the BJP, vice president of JD(U) Prashant Kishor said that Lalu's claims are bogus.

Kishor took to Twitter to reject the claims made by Lalu in his forthcoming book. While in the tweet he admitted to meeting the RJD leader many times before joining the JD(U) in September 2018, he said that the claim regarding him (Kishor) being sent by Nitish to parlay with Lalu are a sham. He added that these are attempts by Lalu Yadav to revive his persona, as he is desperate to find his relevance in present-day politics. He also added that if he would reveal what was were the things they discussed, Lalu would be embarrassed. 

"The claims made by Laluji as reported are BOGUS. This is nothing but a poor attempt seeking relevance by a leader whose best days are behind him. Yes, we did meet many times before I joined JDU, but if I were to tell what all was discussed then he would be quite embarrassed."

Lalu Yadav had claimed that Nitish Kumar wanted to return to the 'Mahgathbandhan' within six months of walking out. However, the former said that he had ‘lost trust’ in him ‘completely.' Lalu further added that Nitish sent his aide Prashant Kishor to him at least five times, so that the former is convinced.

Read: JD(U) Vice President Prashant Kishor Denies Campaigning For Party In 2019 Polls, Says 'only Role Is To Learn And Cooperate'

Lalu Yadav's claim refer to Nitish Kumar's decision of breaking the grand alliance with the RJD in July, 2017, by resigning from the post of CM, disapproving of the corruption cases lodged against his then deputy CM and Lalu Yadav's younger son Tejashwi Yadav. However, within less than 24 hours, he formed a new government with the BJP - his old ally with which he had snapped ties in 2013. Prashant Kishor joined the JD(U) last year in September, soon after which he became the VP of the party. Kishor, an acclaimed poll strategist, has earlier worked with the BJP in the winning 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, with Nitish and Lalu in their winning 2015 Bihar election campaign, and also with the Congress in the ill-fated UP 2017 elections campaign.

Read: Lok Sabha Elections 2019: NDA Announces Seat-sharing In Bihar, Here's Where BJP, JDU And LJP Will Contest From

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