‘Free to leave, my blessings with him’: Nitish Kumar's 'warning' to colleague as JD(U) divides over CAA
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Bihar Chief Minister and BJP ally Janata Dal-United (JDU)’s chief Nitish Kumar on Thursday responded to his party colleague Pavan Varma after the latter made public a letter which revealed the alleged personal conversation between the two leaders, in which Pavan Varma questioned the party’s alliance with the BJP for Delhi polls and the party’s stand on vexed Citizenship Act.
Responding to the controversy, Nitish Kumar said, “This is not the way to express your displeasure... he [Varma] says I told him certain things, should I tell you what he said to me? I respect him... If he wants to go to some other party that is his decision... he has my blessings.”
Soon after Nitish Kumar’s statement on him, JD(U) leader Pavan Varma was quick to respond and as quoted by ANI said, “ I welcome Mr.Nitsh Kumar's statement that there is space for discussion within the party, as that is what I asked for. Was never my intention to hurt him. I want the party to have ideological clarity. Awaiting reply to my letter will decide future course of action after that”.
Earlier, JD(U) general secretary Varma had confronted CM Nitish Kumar through a letter over JD(U)’s alliance with the BJP for the upcoming Delhi Elections 2020 and said that he was ‘deeply perplexed’ by the alliance. Varma earlier was also at odds with Nitish Kumar over his stand on the contentious CAA-NPR-NRC.
Varma, in his letter, said he was “asking him how the JD(U) has formed an alliance with the BJP for the Delhi elections, given his own views on the BJP, and the massive national outrage against the divisive CAA-NPR-NRC scheme”.
"On more than one occasion, you have expressed your grave apprehensions about the BJP-RSS combine," Varma said in the letter, which he also put out on his Twitter handle.
This is the letter I have written to @NitishKumar today asking him how the JD(U) has formed an alliance with the BJP for the Delhi elections, given his own views on the BJP, and the massive national outrage against the divisive CAA-NPR-NRC scheme. pic.twitter.com/ErSynnuiYm— Pavan K. Varma (@PavanK_Varma) January 21, 2020
Varma, in his letter, added, “Even after you changed tracks and aligned again with the BJP in 2017, your private apprehensions regarding the BJP did not change. For instance, I remember your confessing to me in private how the current BJP leadership has humiliated you. You maintained, on more than one occasion, that the BJP is leading India into a ‘dangerous space’.”
Varma then asked if these were Kumar’s “real views”, “I fail to understand how the JD(U) is now extending its alliance with the BJP beyond Bihar, when even long-standing allies of the BJP, like the Akali Dal, have refused to do so”.
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