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'Deeply Perplexed': JDU's Pavan Varma Asks Nitish Kumar For 'Ideological Clarity' On Alliance With BJP

The saffron party had on Monday announced that JD(U) will contest on two seats in the forthcoming elections to the Delhi Assembly.

'Deeply Perplexed': JDU's Pavan Varma Asks Nitish Kumar For 'Ideological Clarity' On Alliance With BJP
File photo of PAvan K Varma, the national general secretary of the JD(U).
'Deeply Perplexed': JDU's Pavan Varma Asks Nitish Kumar For 'Ideological Clarity' On Alliance With BJP
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2020-01-21T14:57:08+0530

Pavan K Varma, the National General Secretary of the Janata Dal-United (JDU), on Tuesday wrote a letter to party supremo and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, seeking to know "ideological clarity" on the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The saffron party had on Monday announced that JD(U) will contest on two seats in the forthcoming elections to the Delhi Assembly.

Varma, a former Rajya Sabha member, has been at variance with his party on several issues ever since the JD(U) walked out of the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar and joined hands with the BJP.

He said he was "deeply perplexed" at the development that the JD(U) was going to contest Delhi polls in an alliance with the BJP.

In his Tuesday letter, Varma also claimed that Nitish, after joining the NDA in 2017, had confided in him that "the current leadership in the BJP had humiliated" Kumar.

"You maintained that BJP was leading India into a dangerous space," Varma wrote further about his conversations with Kumar.

Besides asking Kumar to clarify his stand on the issue at hand, Varma said the question was all the more relevant "at a time when the CAA-NRC-NPR combines has embarked on a massive socially divisive agenda, aimed at mutilating peace, harmony and stability of the country."

He added that Gandhi, Lohia and JP would have "unequivocally denounced this agenda and fought it tooth and nail."

Varma's letter to Kumar comes just days after party Vice-President Prashant Kishor and Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi locked horns over the seat-sharing formula between the two parties in the 2020 assembly elections.

The party has also been a divided house on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC). While JD(U) supported the Bill in the Parliament, Kishor has been vociferously against the newly amended law. Even Kumar has had to issue clarifications on the NRC, which, he said, is not happening anyway.

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