Prashant Kishor lashed out at Nitish Kumar for saying that he was inducted into the party at the instance of Union Home Minister and then BJP chief Amit Shah
Political strategist and Janata Dal (United) politician Prashant Kishor on January 28 hit back at Bihar Chief Minister and party chief Nitish Kumar, charging him with having "lied" about his induction into the party.
Kishor also questioned if it was tantamount to admitting capitulation before the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In his first direct attack on the JD(U) National President, Kishor, who joined the party in September 2018 and was elevated to the rank of its National Vice President just weeks later, lashed out at Nitish Kumar for saying that he was inducted into the party at the instance of Union Home Minister and then BJP chief Amit Shah.
Kumar had made the comment earlier in the day in response to queries by scribes about the attack by Kishor on Twitter against Shah and its possible impact on the JD(U)'s alliance with the BJP as also his working for Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi where the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners are contesting the February 8 Assembly polls together.
"@NitishKumar what a fall for you to lie about how and why you made me join JDU!! Poor attempt on your part to try and make my colour same as yours! And if you are telling the truth who would believe that you still have courage not to listen to someone recommended by @AmitShah?" he wrote on Twitter.
Kishor has been rankling the BJP for quite some time, questioning his own party's decision to support the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament and insisting that the JD(U) contest a significantly higher number of seats than the saffron party in the Legislative Assembly polls in Bihar due later this year.
There was no immediate reaction from leaders of the JD(U).
Talking to reporters earlier in the day, Nitish Kumar refused to be drawn into the controversy over Kishor engaging in a "Twitter war" with top BJP leaders, including Shah.
"He remains in touch in his professional capacity. I have learnt through newspapers that he is working for the Aam Aadmi Party. But he remains in touch with so many people. I inducted him into my party upon Shah's recommendation," Kumar claimed.
"I will be happy if he remains in the party. I would be okay if he chooses otherwise. But if he has to stay he must do so respecting the party's structure," Kumar said, replying cryptically to further queries.(With inputs from PTI)