The JD (U) on Thursday said "outsiders" are goading its senior leader George Fernandes to contest from Muzaffarpur after the party chose not to field him on health grounds and not giving him nomination did not mean disrespect to the veteran socialist.
"You see the man- Ganesh Yadav- who is accompanying Fernandes in Muzaffapur to this day is not a man of our party. He is a RJD leader whom our party had defeated in the last election," senior JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters in New Delhi.
Earlier in the day, Yadav, in the presence of Fernandes in Mujaffarpur, said the veteran socialist leader is likely to contest as an independent from Muzaffarpur.
"The party tried to give its reasons for not fielding him. All his well-wishers also expressed against Fernandes being made to face the strains of Lok Sabha election when he is not well. Even after this, if he makes any announcement (regarding contesting polls), I have nothing to say," Kumar said.
The Bihar Chief Minister said the decision not to field Fernandes in the election was taken after "due deliberations".
"The party took the decision as it did not want to burden him with pressures of a parliamentary election. There is no politics in it," he said adding the party has not shown any disrespect to the senior leader.
Fernandes has, however, claimed he was "fit" to contest the polls.