He cited if the grand alliance, which also includes Congress, comes to power, Kumar will occupy the hot seat, seeking to put to rest speculation over his stand if his party wins the largest number of seats among the partners.

"Irrespective of who wins the largest number of seats, Nitish Kumar will be the CM of the grand alliance. Our priority is to ensure that BJP goes back empty-handed from Bihar," he told a news channel.

He targeted the BJP over RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's suggestion for review of the reservation policy. "We all know BJP is a mask of RSS. Bhagwat’s statement makes it clear that they want to abolish reservation for backwards, SCs and STs. But we will not allow that, come what may... If you have guts, try and abolish reservations and be ready to face the music," he added.

Prasad accused BJP of trying to appease the upper castes and said it was not able to digest the coming together of two backward caste leaders like himself and Nitish Kumar.

"Everybody knows what was the condition of backwards and scheduled castes in Bihar before 1990. They had to face insult. Things changed after I became the CM in 1990. I have empowered that section and now they are getting the respect," he added.

Bihar will witness five-phased elections between October 12 and November 5. Counting of votes will take place on November 8.

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