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Prashant Kishor rubbishes Rabri's merger claim; dares Lalu to

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Saturday dismissed Rabri Devi's claim of he as an of Nitish Kumar meeting her husband with a proposal to merge JD(U) and which should declare its prime ministerial candidate ahead of the polls and dared to tell the media what transpired during their talks.

Kishor, who is the national vice-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 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.

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 following his betrayal," the RJD national vice-president, who is also the of the opposition in the state legislative council, said.

Earlier, RJD has said that many times people on behalf of met him as well approached 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 of with the proposal that the chief minister's party be re-inducted into the Grand Alliance has stirred the political pot in

Kumar had in 2017 walked out of the Grand Alliance, which was formed upon his party's partnership with the RJD and the Congress, and had re-joined the BJP-led NDA.

Kishor had earlier termed as "bogus" the claim of Prasad in his recently published autobiography that Kumar wanted to return to the Grand Alliance, for which he had sent Kishor as his to the RJD supremo.

Kishor had worked with both Kumar and Prasad as a during the 2015 Assembly polls. He formally joined the JD(U) in September last year.

Companion since days of politics, Prasad and Kumar had long association with each other before they separared in mid-90s.

As a key strategist, Kumar used to be known as "Lalu's Chanakya" after the latter became the of the opposition in 1989 in the after death of veteran socialist leader

He had also played an important role in making Prasad of Bihar in 1990.

But, by 1994, differences had started to crop up between the two top leaders of Mandal campaign, that led to providing reservation in government jobs to the OBC.

Kumar walked out of to form with socialist icon

Three years later, Lalu broke away from the party to form (RJD) in 1997. The same year, Lalu lost the chief minister's because of his alleged involvement in the fodder scam but in an unexpected move made wife the

Kumar's formed an alliance with the in the 1996

After a long fight, Kumar managed to finally remove RJD from the power in 2005. Since, then Kumar has been serving as CM except for a brief period in 2014 when he had quit the post after his party got a drubbing in the hands of Narendra Modi's and appointed on the seat.

Kumar and Prasad joined hands in 2015 and defeated the in election. But, they parted company again in July 2017 over graft charges against RJD supremo's son

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 14:35 IST