Janata Dal United’s Pavan Kumar Varma has sought clarification from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the alliance with the BJP for the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi. In his letter to Nitish Kumar, Varma said he is "deeply perplexed" by the development. He also sought "ideological clarity".
"On more than one occasion, you have expressed your grave apprehensions about the BJP-RSS combine," Pavan Varma wrote in the letter on Tuesday.
"If these are your real views, I fail to understand how the JDU 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 social divisive agenda aimed at mutilating the peace, harmony and stability of the country.”
Akali Dal on Monday had refused to tie up with the BJP in Delhi over its reservations on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Akali Dal said the exclusion of Muslims from the law was not acceptable to it.
Varma has asked in the letter how the JD(U) has formed an alliance with the BJP for the Delhi elections, given his (Nitish Kumar's) own views on the BJP, and the massive national outrage against the divisive CAA-NPR-NRC scheme.
Varma also reminded Kumar about their first meeting in 2012, "you had spoken to me at length and with conviction on why Narendra Modi and his policies are inimical for the country." He also referred to Kumar's call for an "RSS-mukt bharat (RSS-free India)".
"The cause for confusion arises from the fact that even after you changed tracks and aligned again with the BJP in 2017, your private apprehensions regarding the BJP did not change," says Varma in the letter.
He goes on to claim that Nitish Kumar "confessed" to him in private about the current BJP leadership humiliating him.
Varma had written another letter earlier in January flagging the Chief Minister's "silence" on the NRC or National Citizens' Register. He had asked Nitish Kumar to take a "principled stand against the CAA-NPR-NRC scheme, and reject its nefarious agenda to divide India".