Patna: JD (U) national vice-president Prashant Kishor has said he does not concur with party chief Nitish Kumar’s method of realigning with the BJP and the exit from the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) should have ideally been followed by a fresh mandate. The poll strategist-turned-politician made the observations during an interview with a news portal, which uploaded the over-an-hour video on Thursday.
Kishor’s remarks have ruffled some feathers within his own party as the interview went viral on the social media.In the interview, Kishor has, however, point-ed out that turnarounds by politicians were not unique to Kumar.” You can look at Chandrababu Naidu, Naveen Patnaik and parties like the DMK.
Looking back further, we have the example of the VP Singh government, which was supported both by the Left and the BJP,” he said.Kishor also said there was no yardstick to measure if Kumar was right in taking the drastic decision of walking out of the “Mahagathbandhan” — comprising the RJD and the Congress — in July, 2017.”
For those who saw in him (Kumar) a potential challenger to (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi, the move was a let-down. But those who were of the view that he had begun to compromise on governance in his zeal to take on Modi would feel he was right,” he said.
Asked to comment on the episode, Kishor said, “Keeping in view the interests of Bihar, I think it was okay. But I do not agree with the method adopted. I have said this earlier and I still hold the view, upon taking the decision to return to the BJPled coalition, he should have ideally sought a fresh mandate.”