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Kishor came with proposal to merge JD(U) and RJD: Rabri Devi

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Former chief on Friday claimed that had met her husband with the proposal that the and Nitish Kumar's JD(U) merge together and the new entity thus formed declare its "prime ministerial candidate" ahead of 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 the chief following his betrayal," the national vice president, who is also the of the opposition in the legislative council, told a regional channel here.

Kumar had last year walked out of the Grand Alliance, which was formed upon his party's partnership with the and the He re-joined the BJP-led NDA.

"All our staff and the security personnel deployed here are witnesses. He called on us at least five times, mostly here (her 10, Circular Road residence), and one or two times at paanch number (5, Deshratna Marg - the bungalow allotted to her younger son Tejashwi Yadav)," said.

"Kishor was sent by Nitish Kumar with the proposal - let us merge both parties and declare a prime ministerial candidatehe came in broad daylight and not clandestinely in the dark of night," she asserted.

Expressing displeasure over Kumar's claim that the RJD supremo keeps talking to Kishor from jail, she said, "Even we, (family members), do not get an opportunity for a telephonic talk with him (Lalu Prasad). And what about the claim by Anant Singh that while he was in jail, (minister) used to arrange his telephonic talks with Nitish".

A who represents Mokama assembly segment, Anant Singh was earlier considered close to the chief minister, but fell out with him prior to the 2015 assembly polls.

His wife is contesting the Lok Sabha polls as a candidate from Munger, where she is pitted against JD(U)'s - a state and close aide of the

Anant Singh made the claim in a recent interview to a portal.

Notably, in his recently-published autobiography, Prasad had claimed that Kishor - now the JD(U) national vice-president - had met him as an of Nitish Kumar with the proposal that the chief minister's party be re-included in the

Kishor, a who became a full-time member of the JD(U) in September last year, took to admitting that he had met Prasad "many times" before joining the party, but added, "If I were to tell what all was discussed, he (Lalu) would be quite embarrassed".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 16:20 IST
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