PATNA: RJD president Lalu Prasad today himself came forward to bring the curtain on the raging controversy over him denying seat at the dais alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function organized at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan.
Prasad was captured in camera seating on the ground along with his minister sons during the concluding day function of Prakash Parv attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.
“There shouldn’t be any controversy over his seating arrangements. Worship is offered only while sitting on the ground,” the RJD chief explained.
Prasad’s explanation comes a day after the BJP rebutted allegations that the PMO was behind the denial of a seat to the RJD chiefat the podium of the Prakash Parva and put the blame squarely on chief minister Nitish Kumar.
“Chief Minister should specify whether he had sent names of Lalu Prasad and his minister sons for seat on the dais at the function…when the names were not sent, where comes the question of PMO deleting their names?” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was quoted as telling news agency PTI.
Earlier, Prasad’s children had come to the defence of their father denying seat on the das.
“Lalu Prasad is a grass-root leader and so, it’s not a surprise it he sits on the ground,” Prasad’s deputy chief minister son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav had said on Saturday.