Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar gave a sharp reply on Thursday to JDU leaders Prashant Kishor and Pawan Verma, who were opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Nitish said that wherever they want to go, my best wishes are with them. Nitish said that these people are scholars. I respect them even if they don’t.
Nitish said- if you have something in your mind, come and talk: Nitish said that JDU should not be judged by the statements of some people. JDU does its work very strongly. We stand clean. We do not live in confusion on anything. If anyone has something in their mind, they should come and talk. It should be discussed at the party meeting.
Prashant Kishor challenged Amit Shah: Prashant Kishor had told the media after meeting the Chief Minister recently that Nitish has said that NRC will not be applicable in Bihar. Prashant on Wednesday challenged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to implement CAA and NRC.
Pawan Verma wrote a letter against the party: Former MP Pawan Verma wrote a letter to Nitish Kumar against the party’s decision on CAA. On Tuesday, Pawan Verma said that Nitish should clarify his stand on the burning issue like NRC and CAA. Nitish has not responded to my letter. After getting the answer, I will decide whether I will stay in the party or not, Verma said.
Pawan Verma did not want JDU’s alliance with BJP in Delhi: Pawan Verma did not want JDU to contest with BJP in Delhi assembly elections. He made his point in this letter against Nitish. On Thursday, Pawan said that JDU’s alliance with BJP was limited to Bihar. It was expanded to Delhi. I asked the same question whether this decision was taken after deliberations and ideological clarifications with the party leaders? Due to ideological differences over the CAA, the BJP’s old ally, the Akali Dal, did not form an alliance in Delhi.
A day ago, Vashistha Narayan Singh warned: JDU has considered the statements of Prashant and Pawan Verma as indiscipline. On Wednesday, State President Vasistha Narayan Singh said that he would talk to the Chief Minister and the party’s national president Nitish Kumar on this issue. Be it Pawan or Prashant, they have no role in the creation of JDU. If they have made up their mind to go somewhere, then they are free. Looking at their statements, it seems that they are in contact with the other party. What is wrong if JDU-BJP and LJP combine in Delhi? The party’s stand on the CAA is clear.
5 leaders left Nitish in 7 years
Sharad Yadav: In 2017, Nitish broke away from the Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP and joined the NDA to form the government. Upset over this, Sharad left the JDU.
Uday Narayan Chaudhary: Uday Narayan Chaudhary also parted ways with JDU along with Sharad Yadav. Chaudhary, who was the Speaker of the Assembly from 2005-2015, did not approve of JDU joining the NDA.
Jitan Ram Manjhi: Taking charge of the JDU’s humiliating defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Nitish Kumar resigned as Chief Minister and made Jitan Ram Manjhi the Chief Minister. Manjhi rebelled after a few months. He refused when the party asked him to resign. The things culminated in the floor test in February 2015, but before that Manjhi resigned from the post of Chief Minister and also left JDU.
Vrishan Patel: Patel also left the JDU with Manjhi and the two leaders formed Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM). Vrishan is in Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) these days.
Upendra Kushwaha: Upendra Kushwaha left Nitish in 2013 and formed RLSP.