Prashant Kishor, a very close aide of JD-U chief Nitish Kumar, on Wednesday yet again attacked his boss over the latter’s support to the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, which the Opposition MPs and several jurists have already termed as “divisive” and “unconstitutional”.
Taking to Twitter, Kishor said by supporting the Bill that uses religion as a criterion for granting Indian citizenship and excludes Muslims from the list of beneficiaries, the Janata Dal United (JD-U) is betraying the trust of Bihar's voters.
The Bill has already been passed in the Lok Sabha and was presented in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday where it is scheduled to be put to vote in the evening.
“While supporting #CAB, the JDU leadership should spare a moment for all those who reposed their faith and trust in it in 2015,” Kishor wrote on Twitter.
“We must not forget that but for the victory of 2015, the party and its managers wouldn’t have been left with much to cut any deal with anyone,” he added.
The tweet referred to Nitish Kumar's 2015 assembly election victory in an alliance with Lalu Yadav's RJD and Congress. In 2017, Nitish Kumar returned to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and dumped the Mahagathbandhan comprising RJD and Congress.
Besides Kishor, another JD-U leader Pavan Verma, a retired diplomat, too has spoken against his party’s decision to support the CAB.
Verma said on Tuesday: "I urge Shri Nitish Kumar to reconsider support to the CAB in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill is unconstitutional, discriminatory, and against the unity and harmony of the country, apart from being against the secular principles of the JDU. Gandhiji would have strongly disapproved it."
The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to give citizenship to non-Muslims who arrived in India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before January 1, 2015.