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Delhi elections: Pawan Varma questions JD(U)’s alliance with BJP

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 21, 2020 Published on January 21, 2020

A file photo of JD(U) leader Pawan Varma.   -  The Hindu

I fail to understand how the JD(U) is now extending its alliance with the BJP beyond Bihar, Pawan Varma to Nitish Kumar

JD(U) leader Pavan Varma on Tuesday sought ideological clarity from party president Nitish Kumar over aligning with the BJP in the upcoming Delhi elections, referring to the Bihar Chief Minister’s “private apprehensions” on how the saffron party is leading the country.

“I remember your confessing to me in private how the current leadership in the BJP party has humiliated you. You maintained, on more than one occasion, that the BJP is leading India into a ‘dangerous space,” the former Rajya Sabha member and JD(U) general secretary wrote in a letter.

In the letter, which he shared on social media, Varma said, “It was your personal view, as conveyed to me, that the BJP is destroying institutions, and that there is a need for democratic and socialist forces within the country to regroup, a task for which you actually assigned a senior party official.”

The JD(U) has not reacted to Varma’s claims and swipe at Kumar, who has been a frequent critic of the Modi government’s policies and had asked his party to stand against its citizenship measures.

‘Deeply perplexed’

The party’s decision to broaden its alliance outside and join hands with the BJP for the Delhi elections has left him “deeply perplexed”, Varma said, adding that he looked to Kumar for ideological clarity. “On more than one occasion, you have expressed your grave apprehensions about the BJP-RSS combine,” he said in his letter to the Bihar Chief Minister.

“If these are your real views, I fail to understand how the JD(U) is now extending its alliance with the BJP beyond Bihar, when even long standing allies of the BJP, like the Akali Dal, have refused to do so. This is especially so at a time when the BJP, through the CAA-NPR-NRC combine, has embarked on a massive socially divisive agenda,” he said.

Varma said there is an urgent need for the JD(U) to harmonise what the party’s constitution says, what the leader of the party feels in private, and what actions the party takes in public. “Politics, as you have emphasised to us, must be about principle and the courage of conviction,” he said in the letter.

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Published on January 21, 2020
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