JDU leader confronts chief Nitish Kumar on party's tie-up with BJP in Delhi

JDU leader confronts chief Nitish Kumar on party's tie-up with BJP in Delhi

Amid differences over the new citizenship law, a senior Janata Dal (United) leader has questioned Nitish Kumar over the party's decision to ally with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the upcoming Delhi Assembly poll.

In a tweet on Tuesday, senior JD(U) leader Pavan K Varma posted a photo of the letter he wrote to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar where he asked the party chief how an alliance was formed with the BJP for the Delhi elections.

"This is the letter I have written to Nitish Kumar 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," JD(U) leader Pavan K Varma said attaching a photo of the letter.

Saying the alliance has "deeply perplexed" him, Pavan Varma wrote in the letter, "I look to you for ideological clarity. On more than one occasion, you have expressed your apprehensions about the BJP-RSS combine."

"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," Pavan K Varma said.

Saying the alliance has "deeply perplexed" him, Pavan Varma wrote in the letter, "I look to you for ideological clarity. On more than one occasion, you have expressed your apprehensions about the BJP-RSS combine."

"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," Pavan K Varma said.

Reminding Nitish Kumar of converstaions regarding the BJP with him, Varma said, "I fail to understand how the JD(U) is now extending its alliance with the BJP beynd Bihar when even long standing allies, like the Akali Dal, have refused to do so."

The BJP has left three seats for its alliance partners JD(U) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) in Delhi. Its ally SAD, however, said it will not contest the Delhi polls in alliance with the BJP due to its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act.