The JD(U)on Monday was virtually forced to withdraw its Lok Sabha candidate from Sheohar, Shabir Ali for lauding BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and criticising the functioning of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
“His candidature has been withdrawn and he has been expelled from the party,” said JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi.
Ali was earlier denied a Rajya Sabha berth along with N K Singh and Shivanand Tewary. “Nitish ditched me. He promised me an RS berth, then didn’t honour his word. They used me and are now throwing me out like tissue paper,” he said. According to Ali, he had been targeted as a result of his minority background. When asked about his view of Modi he said, : “From a distance Modi’s policies look nice. Those who have the capability should run the country.”
Even though Ali did not reveal his future plans, he is reportedly in touch with the BJP and may well join the party in the near future.