"Lalu Prasad through his close confidante and chairman of cooperative Biscoman Sunil Kumar Singh is getting iron collected from Bihar to donate it to Modi for construction of Sardar Patel statue in Gujarat," JD-U General Secretary and Bihar Minister Shyam Rajak said.

The Biscoman chairman was among three heads of cooperatives from Bihar who had visited Gujarat on invitation of Narendra Modi in which he told them to collect iron for constructing a giant size statue of Sardar Patel through PACs (Primary Agriculture Cooperatives)," Rajak said.

"On return, the BISCOMAN chairman with the blessings of RJD president has started collection of iron," Rajak, once a senior leader of RJD and a close supporter of Lalu Prasad said.

JD-U state party spokesman and MLC Sanjay Singh, who accompanied Rajak in the press meet, alleged that the RJD chief is regularly in touch with Modi over phone. "This can be made out by taking out call details of their phones," Singh said.

Singh, who also crossed to JD-U from LJP of Ramvilas Paswan, said, "Lalu and Modi have reached an understanding and only a formal announcement is left."

Many JD-U leaders have alleged that ever since Congress showed interest in Nitish Kumar after he broke away from BJP, a peeved Lalu Prasad was coming close to Narendra Modi, BJP's face in 2014 Parliamentary elections.

(Agencies)

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