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Nitish Kumar slams Pavan Varma who questioned JD(U)-BJP tie-up for Delhi polls | Patna News

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PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday virtually “showed the doors” to a senior functionary of his party and former Rajya Sabha member Pavan Kumar Varma, two days after the latter sought “ideological clarity” from the former on the issue of forming an alliance with BJP for Delhi assembly elections. Nitish, who is also the JD(U) national president, said with complete clarity that Varma is “free to go wherever he wants”.

Making a bottom line that JD (U) will not backtrack from its support to Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Nitish also said that there is “no confusion” in the party on any issue.

Replying to queries from reporters in Patna on the sidelines of an event on the occasion of birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on Thursday morning, Nitish said he respects Varma but has no objection if the latter wants to go anywhere else.

“He (Pavan Varma) is a learned person, I have respect for him, even if he doesn’t respect me. He can go wherever he wants,” the Bihar CM said.

Training guns on Varma for claiming in a letter sent to him on Tuesday that the Bihar CM used to express “private apprehensions” on how BJP is leading the country, Nitish said on Thursday that such kind of public statements is surprising.

“You (Varma) should see for yourself what kind of statements you are making about your claims regarding what I used to talk to you. Will I say what you used to talk to me? This is not the way. Nevertheless, I have respect for him and he is free to go wherever he likes,” Nitish said.

Earlier, Varma shared a letter written to Nitish on his social media accounts, in which he stated: “I remember your confessing to me in private how the current leadership in the BJP has humiliated you. You maintained, on more than one occasion, that the BJP is leading India into a ‘dangerous space … If these are your 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”.

Sending out a message to Varma as well as another party colleague and poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who have been vehemently opposing Centre’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Population Register (NPR), Nitish said people should not see JD(U) by statements made by a few people.

“JD(U) should be understood properly. The party works with complete dedication. Our stand on all issues is always very clear. We are never in any confusion on any issue. But if anyone has anything in their mind, then they should come and discuss. The matter can also be raised in the meeting of the party,” Nitish said.

Meanwhile, Varma told reporters in New Delhi that he only asked Nitish that whether the alliance with BJP in Delhi was done following discussion in the party. “I only asked him (Nitish) that there should be an ideological clarity following discussions in the party. For instance, our alliance with BJP was limited to Bihar but now we have extended it to Delhi. I sought to know whether this was done after ideological clarification or not. Even long-standing allies of BJP like Akali Dal have refused to make an alliance with BJP for Delhi elections due to their reservations against CAA,” Varma told reporters in Delhi.

Senior BJP functionary and Union minister Giriraj Singh said that statements made by Varma as well as Kishor are “harmful” for the alliance. “Whether it is Pavan Varma or Prashant Kishor, whatever they have said, is completely shattering the alliance. Senior leaders of our party look at these statements from the point of discipline in the alliance as well,” Giriraj told reporters.



Times of India

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