Sushil Kumar Modi launched a blistering attack on Prasant Kishor. (Photo Credit: PTI File)
After JD(U)’s vice president and poll strategist-turned-politician Prashant Kishor suggested that his party should contest on more seats than ally BJP in the assembly elections in Bihar, state’s deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi launched a blistering attack on him saying, “Those who have entered politics by running a company that collects data and prepare slogans are making unfavourable statements for the NDA.”
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"In my view, the Lok Sabha election formula cannot be repeated in the assembly polls," Kishor had earlier told reporters.
Meanwhile, the BJP has been clamouring for gaining the upper hand in Bihar and putting a stop to playing second fiddle to Nitish Kumar, reacted with dismay.
Moreover, Kishor, who became a full-time member of the JD(U) just about a year ago, dismissed suggestions that his party chief Nitish Kumar might be expected to cede some ground to the BJP, a favour he had extended in the 2015 assembly polls for Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
He also asserted that the formula of Lok Sabha polls this year wherein JD(U) and BJP had both fought 17 seats each, leaving six for Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which joined the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 2014, a year after Kumar's exit, could not serve as the basis for the assembly polls.
In the recent past, Kishor had been quite vocal against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Kishor also reiterated his views on the CAA and the NRC and added that National Population Register as a first step to the NRC was unacceptable.