Patna: A day after Janata Dal – U leaders came out in open against Nitish Kumar’s personal advisor Prashant Kishor accusing him of making statements in public that they said were detrimental to the party and its leaders, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the other ingredient in the NDA in Bihar besides Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), joined the anti-Kishor chorus saying the pollster was a propagandist and had no place in an election.
BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand, talking to reporters in Patna on Friday, said dissent against Kishor within JD-U was quite justifiable because he treated voters as customers while he acted as an event or marketing manager.
“Such attitude is not good for democracy and his style of propaganda has no place in an election campaign,” he said.
For the second day in a row, JD-U leaders piled up on Kishore saying PK, as Kishor is frequently called, should stop lecturing others as it did not help strengthening the party.
As reported earlier, a number of JD-U leaders including RCP Singh and Neeraj Kumar had come out openly against Kishor slamming him for criticizing the party’s decision to go back to the NDA fold after walking out of the Mahagathbandhan. They also rebuked him for apologizing to the family of a martyr from Begusarai before Nitish Kumar had a chance to say something to them; and also, for saying it was he who made it possible for Narendra Modi to become India’s Prime Minister and Nitish Kumar the Chief Minister of Bihar.
“PK doesn’t need to lecture us on anything. He was not even a party member when a decision was taken to quit the Mahagathbandhan and go back to the NDA in the state. He does not know what transpired this decision so he should not say anything on this issue,” Neeraj Kumar said on Saturday adding if Kishor had anything to say on the JD-U’s decision to join hand with the BJP then he should have said something during the party’s national working committee meeting held recently.
Party sources said a number of senior party leaders including Lallan Singh, Bijendra Prasad Yadav, and Shyam Rajak had become frustrated and weary of Kishor’s influence over Nitish Kumar who made him the party’s national vice president over other senior leaders.
Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) national vice president Shivanand Tiwari invited Kishor to join the party saying people with independent thoughts had no place in the JD-U and he was welcome to join hands with those who were trying to rid Bihar from the NDA misrule.