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‘Asked Nitish Kumar to merge JD(U) with Congress? He is old and delusional’: Prashant Kishor

New Delhi: The acerbic relationship between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and poll strategist Prashant Kishor hit a new low Sunday when the latter labelled the Janata Dal (United) leader “old and delusional”.

On Saturday, at the birthplace of socialist icon Jayaprakash Narayan in Sitab Diara, Kumar had claimed that Kishor once advised him to merge his party with the Congress.

The chief minister at the same time said Kishor was working for the BJP.

The strategist hit back Sunday saying the two claims were contradictory. “If I was working on a BJP agenda, why would I speak of strengthening the Congress?” Kishor asked.

He then said Nitish Kumar starts out by saying something, and ends up saying something else. “Yeh umar ka asar hai (age is showing on him),” Kishor said, adding, “He is delusional and politically isolated.”

“He is surrounded by those he cannot trust. Usi ghabrahat mein kuch na kuch bol de rahe hai,” Kishor further said.

On Saturday, Kumar was asked to respond to Prashant Kishor’s recent claim that the chief minister asked him two weeks ago to lead the JD(U).

“Let him speak whatever he wants. Whatever he says does not make any sense. Four to five years ago, he had told me to merge with the Congress. Now, he is working for the BJP,” Kumar said Saturday.

Founder of the political consultancy firm I-PAC, Kishor was inducted into the JD(U) in 2018 and was elevated to the national vice-president’s post within a few weeks.

He was expelled in two years due to his contrarian stance over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

In May, he announced the ‘Jan Suraaj’ platform, and is at present on a 3,500-km march to visit every corner of the state.

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Source: The Print

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