Rubbishing Kishor’s claim of having turned down an “offer” from Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Lalan said the campaign manager was “not a political worker but a businessman” who relied on “marketing” tactics.
“We know Kishor has been working for the BJP for some time. One agent of the BJP was recently caught during magistrate checking,” said the JD(U) chief, in an obvious reference to former national president RCP Singh. “The BJP is relying on conspiracies in Bihar. First it used RCP Singh and now it is using Prashant Kishor. But we are vigilant. We will not allow these designs to succeed,” Lalan said.
The JD(U) president’s remarks come barely a few days after a meeting between Kumar and Kishor after which the latter claimed to have engaged in some plain-speak with the Bihar CM, having told him that prohibition, one of his most feted moves, was a complete failure and needed to be reviewed.
Kishor, who has launched a campaign ‘Jan Suraaj’ as part of which he will be embarking on a 3,500 km-long state-wide ‘padayatra’ next month, had also claimed to have turned down a “specified” offer from Kumar who, he believes, has run out of steam.
Lalan claimed, “It was Prashant Kishor who wanted to meet Nitish Kumar after the new political situation emerged in Bihar. He spoke to the CM who asked him to first have a word with the party president. So he came to meet me in New Delhi.”
“I told him that his return to the party could be considered if he agreed to abide by party discipline. Thereafter he secured an appointment with the CM who agreed to meet him and gave an appointment. But, as part of his marketing strategy, he told the media that he has been called to the CM’s residence but he will not go,” claimed the JD(U) president.
“Later, after Pavan Varma met Nitish Kumar, the former also had a word with Kishor whom he knows. Kishor again expressed the wish to meet the CM and they met. But why will anybody give him any offer? Who is he?” said Lalan.
(With inputs from PTI)