CM's Personal Advisor Threatens Lawsuit against Sushil Modi

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with his personal advisor Prashant Kishore during a meeting in Patna (file photo).

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New Delhi: Professional poll strategist Prashant Kishore who first helped the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win the General Elections in 2014 and later Nitish Kumar to return for the third time as the Chief Minister of Bihar, on Monday threatened to file a lawsuit against senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi for casting aspersion on his moral and ethical behavior.

Reacting to Modi's earlier statement that he used his position in the Bihar government to fatten his own wallet without actually being held responsible for anything, Kishore said that he would likely file a case of defamation against Modi who, he said, was not dealing in facts or realities.

"Mr. Modi's allegations are baseless. Rs. 9 crore was paid to two separate firms prior to the Assembly polls in Bihar last year to survey 40,000 villages. I was never a part of those firms," Kishore said.

The BJP leader had on Tuesday accused Kishore of enjoying a government job without having any responsibility or duties at all.

"The Nitish government hired him as a favor to him for making him a winner in the last Assembly elections. He has not done anything for Bihar where he hardly stays. Yet, he was paid in excess of Rs. 9 crore to come up with a plan to develop the state. This money was paid to him through a firm called 'Citizen's Alliance Private Limited' based in Noida that has close ties with Prashant Kishore. However, after getting the money, he neither prepared the Bihar Vision document nor he quit his job as the personal advisor to the Chief Minister," the BJP leader had said adding Kishore must disclose what he had done for the state since he was hired by Nitish Kumar.

Janata Dal – U legislator Sanjay Singh, reacting to Modi's allegations, said that the BJP leader was a mentally unstable person who was not dealing in facts.

"The money was given to two public relations firms to collect data from 40,000 villages in Bihar so the government could formulate economic and social policies based on their findings. Mr. Kishore had absolutely nothing to do with them," Singh said.

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