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Cracks in JD-U: How Pawan Verma put Nitish in a spot

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Just ahead of the Delhi polls, JD-U leader Pawan Verma dropped a ‘letter bomb’, bringing out cracks within the party. Verma has shot off a letter to Bihar Chief Minister and party boss Nitish Kumar, questioning its alliance with the BJP for the Delhi polls while seeking “ideological clarity”.

JD-U General Secretary Verma wrote: “In recent times, this is the first time that we will be broadening and extending our party’s association with the BJP through a formal electoral alliance, beyond Bihar. I must confess that I am deeply perplexed by this development, and look to you for ideological clarity.” The two parties are fighting the Delhi polls together as the BJP has given two seats to its Bihar ally.

In a further embarrassment to Kumar, Verma questioned his flip flops.

“When you were leading the ‘Mahagathbandhan’, you had openly made a call for ‘RSS-Mukt Bharat’. These views, articulated for a sustained period, are a matter of public record,” he reminded.

Bringing out personal conversational details between the two leaders, Verma asserted, “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’.”

Flaying Kumar for allying with the BJP in Delhi as many continue to protest over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act, the JD-U leader wrote, “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, aimed at mutilating the peace, harmony and stability of the country. Mahatma Gandhi, Lohia, JP – the icons of our party – would have, I strongly believe, unequivocally denounced this agenda, and fought it tooth and nail.”

In other words, the senior JD-U leader who has often found himself up against his own party boss, has called him out for his alleged double standards. Verma ends the explosive letter saying “I look forward to receiving some ideological clarity from you”, almost with a sense of sarcasm.

Verma’s ideological leanings has often left him in a minority within his own party leading to his exclusion from the list of JD-U’s star campaigners in upcoming Delhi polls. But with Verma outing the alleged personal conversational details between the two and in a way daring Kumar to make his stand clear, the cracks within the JD-U have only widened.

–IANS

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