JD-U Leader Upset with Prashant Kishor’s Recent Utterances

JD-U leader RCP Singh inducting Dr. Alok Kumar Suman into party on Friday.

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Patna: Has the magic of political wunderkind Prashant Kishor on decline within the Janata Dal – U or it’s just the internal bickering that is typical of any political party?

That is the question many people are asking in Bihar as voices against the party national vice president grows louder with a number of senior party leaders expressing their frustration, and in some case even anger, against Prashant Kishore who has been, until now, the blue-eyed, blond-haired boy of the party bigwigs completely immune from any criticism.

JD-U national vice president Prashant Kishor.At a press conference in Patna on Friday, senior party leader RCP Singh said that Kishore in the last few weeks had uttered a few things that is not only damaging to the party but gave the opposition a weapon to politically hurt JD-U and the Chief Minister himself.

“First, without consulting any senior member of the party, Prashant Kishor issued an apology to the family of martyr Pintu Singh of Begusarai. And when the Chief Minister himself visited the martyr’s family, Kishor tweeted ‘And the Follow-up’ suggesting it was only after Kishor’s apology that Nitish Kumar decided to visit the grieving family in Begusarai. Furthermore, at a meeting of party’s youth wing in Muzaffarpur, Kishor said that he has, in the past, made a Prime Minister and a Chief Minister and with his track record, he can also make any young party leader an MP or an MLA. All these reeks of condescension and arrogance,” Singh said adding no one but the voters have the power to make a Prime Minister or Chief Minister or any other political leader.

He further chastised the party national vice president for criticizing the JD-U for leaving the Grand Alliance and going back to the NDA fold.

“At the time, he had said that the JD-U, instead of going back to the NDA, should have gone for a mandate in Bihar. The fact is, the entire party unanimously decided to leave the Grand Alliance and go back to the NDA. Prashant Kishore was not in the JD-U at that time so he has no knowledge of what went behind the closed door before the decision to go back to the NDA was taken,” he said.

JD-U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar also had some harsh words for Kishore saying no one was capable of creating leaders except the voters who ultimately decide who to put in power and who not to.

It may be noted that Kishor was not invited to the BJP’s Sankalp rally at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan on March 3 where Nitish Kumar, after a gap of nearly 10 years, shared platform with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Earlier on Friday, RCP Singh inducted Dr. Alok Kumar Suman in the party at a function at party headquarters in Patna.

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