Split wide open in JD(U) as party leader Pavan Varma pens an open letter to party chief Nitish Kumar over the party’s tie-up with BJP in New Delhi and Nitish Kumar’s views on citizenship
Bengaluru: Party leader of Janata Dal (United) Pavan Varma has written a letter to his party chief Nitish Kumar over his decision to join hands with the BJP in the Delhi polls and regarding his views on the NPR and NRC.
As reported by India Today, Pavan Varma said, "You can't have personal views which don't match with your public actions. Double standards are not good. I am not the only person disagreeing with Nitish Kumar. Our party vice president and National General Secretary have also shown their opposition several times and asked him to reconsider his decision. One MLA even quit the party due to Nitish Kumar's allegiance to the BJP in these troubled times.
The leader also had this to say.
"Nitish Kumar has categorically come out against NRC but hasn't said anything on the NPR, whose dates have been announced by Deputy CM Sushil Modi. Now when CAA came, he said we will discuss, but he hasn't come out categorically against the CAA-NRC combination.”
Pavan Varma also revealed the fact that Nitish Kumar had said he was feeling dangerous about the RSS.
He said, "He once said how BJP is taking the country to dangerous times. When the time came, he went ahead and forged an alliance with the BJP. What kind of double standard is this? Even long-standing alliances like Akali Dal have parted ways with the BJP.”
Pavan Varma also said that Nitish Kumar has to respect secular values of the country.
"I told Nitish Kumar that in our party constitution, the word secular comes three times. He needs to respect that and especially at a time when the entire country is against the CAA. If the party doesn't stand by the principles of its own party, our position within the party becomes untenable."
However, after reading Pavan Varma’s reactions, one should also note that the CAA is ultra vires for the Indian citizens and hopes to shelter only non-Muslim minorities persecuted in the countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
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Last Updated Jan 21, 2020, 7:19 PM IST