The Janata Dal (United) (JDU) feud between Nitish Kumar and Pavan Varma refuses to stop, with the party head and Bihar chief minister saying now that he does not pay attention to letters of his party’s general secretary. Varma had written a letter to Kumar objecting to the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Delhi Assembly Election and requested his reconsideration.
Varma had also been speaking openly against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), refusing to toe the party line.
On Thursday, Nitish Kumar had expressed his displeasure over this. He had said that Varma could go wherever he wanted to. Varma had reacted the way diplomats respond to messages emanating from other countries, saying he was still waiting for a reply to his letter. He said he wouldn’t go anywhere until the reply arrived.
Then on Friday, Kumar said he wouldn’t pay attention to Varma’s letter. The JDU head said writing an email and simultaneously releasing it in the media was not the right way of communicating. “That is not a letter. If a person is in the party, he writes a letter explaining the issue and then a reply is given to that person. Sending an e-mail without even informing and straightaway going to the press doesn’t make any sense to me. I don’t consider that to be a letter,” he said.
Kumar is reportedly not pleased with JDU vice-president Prashant Kishor either. The election manager-turned-politician has been making statements against the party line on CAA and NRC. After Varma’s letter to him, the chief minister has decided to treat Kishor similarly ⚊ with disdain. Kishor had recently challenged BJP president Amit Shah to implement CAA and NRC.
Hit by the double whammy of Varma’s letter and Kishor’s statement, Kumar has taken a hardstand. The Bihar chief minister, known to avoid confrontations to the extent possible, has been publicly expressing his displeasure for the past two days. As of now, sources say, the Nitish Kumar-led party has decided to marginalise Varma and Kishor. The party hasn’t fielded them as star campaigners for the Delhi assembly election to begin with.