Patna: Hinting at an internal squabble within the JD(U), senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Sunday alleged that Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi was insulted by the ruling party workers at the behest of his predecessor Nitish Kumar.
"Chief Minister Manjhi was being insulted by some JD(U) leaders at the behest of his predecessor Nitish Kumar for visiting the RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's estranged brother- in-law Anirudh Prasad alias Sadhu Yadav's house for feast," he said in a statement.
Manjhi's visit to the house of Sadhu Yadav, controversial brother-in-law of RJD President Lalu Prasad, during Makar Sankranti festivities had raked up a controversy with the JD(U) saying that Manjhi should shun such activities which gives a bad name to the party and the government.
Taking the JD(U) to task for questioning Sadhu Yadav's controversial background, Modi flayed the ruling party leaders for making snide remarks against the Chief Minister for being seen with the RJD supremo's relative despite the fact that there were other such leaders and legislators in the JD(U) ranks itself.
"I want to know from Nitish Kumar whether or not he will campaign for those MLAs whose name evoke fear in their constituencies during the next assembly polls," Modi said.
Criticising Kumar for joining forces with Lalu Prasad and imploring him for merger, the former deputy CM said that in such a scenario the new outfit will be swelled with leaders with muscle power like the ex-RJD MP Md Shahabuddin, Pappu Yadav, Surendra Yadav, Ranvir Yadav and Ritlal Yadav.
"Let Kumar say it publicly that he will not be campaigning for these strongmen during assembly polls," he said.
In another swipe at Kumar, Modi said that the former had chosen Manjhi as his successor with an eye on the votes of sizeable Mahadalit voters during the assembly polls and not towards any respect for the downstrodden section.
Modi said that when Manjhi started exercising his constitutional powers, his predecessor could not digest the same and in the process development works had got derailed in Bihar.