JD(U) leader Pavan Varma has sought “ideological clarity” from party chief Nitish Kumar over extending alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) beyond Bihar in Delhi despite having expressed apprehensions “in private” about the BJP-RSS leading the nation into a “dangerous space”
In a strongly-worded two-page letter, Varma, who shared screenshots of the missive on his official Twitter handle and Facebook profile, said he was “perplexed” by the party’ s tie-up with the BJP for the Delhi Assembly polls, accusing the saffron party of having “embarked on a massive, socially divisive agenda.”
This is the letter I have written to @NitishKumar today asking him how the JD(U) has formed an alliance with the BJP for the Delhi elections, given his own views on the BJP, and the massive national outrage against the divisive CAA-NPR-NRC scheme. pic.twitter.com/ErSynnuiYm
— Pavan K. Varma (@PavanK_Varma) January 21, 2020
This is for the first time that the JD(U) headed by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is having a tie-up with the BJP outside Bihar.
The BJP had announced on Monday that it will spare two seats for the JD(U) in Delhi and one for another NDA partner — the LJP headed by Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Both the JD(U) and the LJP had ploughed the lonely furrow in the recent Assembly polls in Jharkhand, where the saffron party lost power to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) -Congress-Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD) alliance.