Wanted Lalu, not Nitish, as Bihar CM: Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh

, 6:37 PM IST

New Delhi: Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Sunday echoed party colleague Mohd Shahabuddin’s lack of faith in Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s leadership, saying he did not agree with his appointment to the top post but obeyed the decision of the grand alliance.

“Lalu Prasad is our leader and we wanted him to be chief minister. When the grand alliance was formed, then its leaders decided that Nitish Kumar would be their leader. I did not agree with it but obeyed,” the former union minister said.

Lalu cannot contest elections or hold an official position due to his conviction in a corruption case. Singh also attacked the tough prohibition law enacted by the Bihar government, saying it was being used to defame people.

He has been a critic of JD(U) chief Kumar who continues to be distrusted by a strong section of RJD leaders. Shahabuddin, a gangster-turned-politician, had on Saturday called Kumar a “chief minister of circumstances”, soon after he was released on bail after spending many years behind bars.