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Rabri drops a bombshell, says Kishor came with proposal to

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Former chief Rabri Devi on Friday dropped a bombshell claiming that poll 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 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 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 in 2017 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 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 with the proposal - 'let us merge both parties and declare a prime ministerial candidate'. He came in broad daylight and not clandestinely in the dark of night," she asserted.

Rabri Devi's revelation came close on heels of Prasad in his recently-published autobiography, claiming that Kishor - now the JD(U) - had met him as an emissary of with the proposal that the chief minister's party be re-inducted into the

Kishor, 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".

Products of 1974 "movement", 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 assembly after death of veteran socialist

He had also played an important role in making Prasad Chief 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 protracted 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 Bihar assembly election. But, they parted company again in July 2017 over graft charges against RJD supremo's son

also expressed displeasure over Kumar's claim that the RJD supremo keeps talking to Kishor from jail, saying "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 Bihar 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 of the

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

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 20:30 IST