RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday hit out Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the flood relief row, accusing him of enacting a "political drama" with BJP to get minority votes and said the BJP should snap ties with JD(U) and contest polls on its own "if it has any self-esteem left".
"As elections are approaching, Nitish is distancing himself from Narendra Modi to cheat minorities after his photo with Modi appeared in newspapers in Patna. All he wants is their vote," Prasad said here.
Dubbing Kumar's public spat with BJP was "drama", Prasad said that the Bihar Chief Minister did share the dias with his Gujarat counterpart at an NDA rally in Ludhiana and had also praised the BJP.
"Nitish Kumar has been playing into the hands of RSS and Narendra Modi for a long time and his government was running with their support. They had joined together just to remove me from power," Prasad said. He asked the BJP to snap ties with JD(U) and withdraw support from the government led by Nitish Kumar "if it has any self-esteem left".
"By deciding to stay away from the Biswas Yatra of Nitish Kumar at Paliganj today, (Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar) Modi enacted a political drama," Prasad told reporters in Patna before leaving for New Delhi. "BJP should also announced to contest the elections to the state assembly due towards the end of this year on its own," Prasad said.
Taking a dig at JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, Prasad said he has been saying that the alliance with BJP would continue only to keep his post of NDA Convenor. "Sharad Yadav is afraid that if the alliance with BJP breaks, he will no longer remain NDA convenor. What kind of socialist is he?" Prasad said. PTI