The Janata Dal (United) on Wednesday expelled party national vice-president Prashant Kishor and national general secretary Pawan Varma from its primary membership and other positions with immediate effect.
Soon both the leaders wished JD(U) president Nitish Kumar to “retain the chair of Chief Minister of Bihar at any cost”.
A day after Mr. Kumar said, “It’s okay if he [Kishor] stays or goes from the party”, JD(U) principal general secretary K C Tyagi on Wednesday issued a press release, which said that both Mr. Kishor and Mr. Varma have been expelled from the primary membership of the party for working and issuing statements against it and its chief.
“From their actions and behaviour, it seems that both the leaders were not ready to remain within discipline of the party and wanted to be free”, said the one-page release.
The letter said, “party’s national president had given much honour to Pawan Varma than he deserved but he thought it as party’s compulsion…he wrote a letter to party chief and mentioned some private talks while making it public which shows he does accept party’s discipline”. The letter added: “the party runs with collective responsibilities but some people get in delusion that party runs on their thoughts”.
However, Mr. Kishor and Mr. Varma did not spare time to react to their expulsion. Mr. Kishor tweeted, “Thank you @NitishKumar. My best wishes to you to retain the chair of Chief Minister of Bihar. God bless you”, and Mr. Varma said in a tweet, “Thank you Nitish Kumar ji for freeing me from my increasingly untenable position of defending you and your policies. I wish you well in your ambition of being CM of Bihar at any cost”.
On Tuesday, Mr. Kumar told journalists, “He [Kishor] works as a strategist for various parties but I want to make one thing clear. If he wants to remain in the party he will have to adhere to the basic structure of the party”. He had inducted Mr. Kishor into the JD(U) after “Amit Shah had asked him for this”, he added.
(In 2018, Mr Kumar, to everyone’s surprise, made Mr. Kishor the party’s national vice-president, calling him the “future” of politics).
Mr. Kishor tweeted in response to Mr. Kumar’s statement: “@NitishKumar what a fall for you to lie about how and why you make 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 courage not to listen to someone recommended by @Amitshah?”.
Mr. Kishor also said he would come to Bihar after February 11 (Delhi results day) and respond to Mr. Kumar.
Mr. Varma too recently put Mr. Kumar in an uncomfortable situation by writing a two-page letter to him, asking for his “ideological clarity” on ties with the BJP, beyond Bihar. He also cited some “private” references of communication with Mr. Kumar on the BJP-RSS in his letter.
Mr. Kumar later snubbed Mr. Varma, saying: “He is free to go and join any other party he likes…he has my wishes”.
After the expulsion of both the leaders, State JD(U) leaders like Sanjay Singh and Ajay Alok started attacking Mr Kishor. They said, “individual is not important than party… it was bound to happen … Mr. Kishor’s corporate shop has now been shut in Bihar”.
The State BJP leaders too slammed Mr. Kishor who, of late, had also put their senior leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in discomfiture by tweeting one of his old videos in which he (Modi) is heard slamming Mr. Kumar.