NEW DELHI: JD(U) on Wednesday showed the door to two of its rebel leaders — vice president Prashant Kishor and general secretary Pavan Varma. The two leaders had criticised the party’s decisions of allying with the BJP outside Bihar and supporting the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament.
A statement by the JD(U) said the two were acting against the party’s decisions and its functioning, which amounted to a breach of discipline. JD(U) accused Kishor of using insulting Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. “It is imperative that Kishor be removed from the party, so that he doesn’t fall any lower,” the JD(U) said.
Kishor was quick to react and taking a dig at Nitish Kumar tweeted, “Thank you Nitish Kumar. My best wishes to you to retain the chair of Chief Minister of Bihar. God bless you.” Varma too reacted by wishing Kumar well in his “ambition of being CM of Bihar at any cost”.
Thank you @NitishKumar. My best wishes to you to retain the chair of Chief Minister of Bihar. God bless you.— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) January 29, 2020
Sources claimed that the expulsion will not affect the party in any manner. There is a belief that while Varma was a sophisticated face, Kishore was more of a strategist, which the party hardly needed.
JD(U) action comes weeks after a series of confrontations.
Recently, the Bihar CM claimed that Kishor had been inducted into the party at the direction of Shah. However, Kishor had refuted the allegations. Besides, Kumar had sought to de-link himself from the strong stand taken by Kishor against the CAA and the NRC.