New Delhi: In a significant development to the rift within the Janata Dal (United), two of the party’s strong leaders Prashant Kishor and Pavan Varma were on Wednesday expelled from the party for indulging in anti-party activities.
The development comes after political strategist Prashant Kishor repeatedly asked party chief Nitish Kumar on his support to the Centre’s contentious Citizenship Amendment Act 2019.
Varma, on the other hand, had also questioned JDU’s alliance with the BJP in Delhi Assembly Election 2020.
Responding to their queries, Nitish Kumar had earlier said that the two leaders can do whatever they want to do.
Issuing a statement, JDU General Secretary KC Tyagi said, “As both the party leaders have been broken the party discipline, they are being expelled from the primary membership of the party.”
Both of them have attacked the Chief Minister for his decision to support the CAA as the JDU had supported the bill both in the Loka Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
As per updates, Kishor had joined the JDU in September 2018 and later he was also made the Vice President of the party, while Varma is a former Rajya Sabha member of the JD-U.
On Tuesday, a massive war of words broke out between Kishor and Kumar after the Bihar CM said that he had inducted Kishor into his party on Union Home Minister’Amit Sha’s instruction.
Later in the evening, Kishor took to Twitter and slammed Kumar for his remark, saying if he is telling the truth, then who would believe that he still has courage not to listen to someone recommended by Shah.
“.@NitishKumar what a fall for you to lie about how and why you made me join JDU!! Poor attempt on your part to try and make my colour same as yours! And if you are telling the truth who would believe that you still have the courage not to listen to someone recommended by @AmitShah?,” he wrote on Twitter.
Speaking to media, Kishor had last month said that it is only Nitish Kumar, who can tell under what circumstances the party supported the CAA in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.