‘Nitish Kumar planned to break away from BJP in 2019’

Prashant Kishor says that the Bihar CM planned to move out of the NDA after winning seats in the name of PM Narendra Modi

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By: Santosh Singh | PATNA, BIHAR
Updated: 05 February, 2023 4:59 pm IST
Election Strategist Prashant Kishor (file photo)

In a big disclosure, a former advisor to the Bihar CM said that Nitish Kumar’s walkout from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliance was a pre-planned one.

On February 5, election strategist Prashant Kishor stated that CM Kumar planned to leave the BJP after winning seats in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019.

“I was in second position in JD(U) after Nitish Kumar, and he planned to execute the ‘Paltimar’ programme after taking the votes in the name of Narendra Modi,” Kishor said while interacting with people during the Jan Suraj Yatra in Gopalganj.

Kishor claimed that CM Kumar changed his mind after winning only 16 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Speaking on his estranged relationship with CM Kumar, Kishor said, “Nitish Kumar cheated me not once but thrice. Cheating people by telling lies is his (CM Kumar’s) profession.”

“I was the one who brought the BJP from 30 seats (which it was claiming at the time) to 17 seats. In 2014, JD(U) had only two seats in the Lok Sabha, I brought it up to 16 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” Kishor said.

“After winning the Lok Sabha seat, I went there to discuss how we could break up from the NDA, Nitish Kumar refused and asked me to wait for a few more days as the Modi wave was still continuing in the country. I was running the JD(U) at that time, he was asking me to wait,” Kishor said.

“He (Nitish) also cheated me in 2015 when he joined the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) in Bihar,” he continued.

“During CAA-NRC, we had decided to protest against it. When it came to voting in Parliament, Nitish Kumar asked JD(U) MPs to vote for Narendra Modi,” Kishor said.

“Nitish Kumar cheated me thrice. How could I trust him? I can’t wait for my entire life and keep becoming a victim of cheating by him,” he added.

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