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JDU Expels Prashant Kishor, Pavan Varma Over 'Anti-Party Activities'

JDU Chief General Secretary KC Tyagi Said In A Statement That Kishor And Varma Were "acting Against Party's Decisions As Well As Its Functioning".

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Pawas Kumar | Updated on: 29 Jan 2020, 05:27:36 PM
Prashant Kishor, Nitish Kumar and Pavan Varma

JDU expels vice president Prashant Kishor, Pavan Varma from party (Photo Credit: Composite Image)

New Delhi:

Janata Dal-United (JDU) expelled vice president Prashant Kishor and general secretary Pavan Varma on Wednesday from the party for indulging in "anti party activities". JDU chief general secretary KC Tyagi said in a statement that Kishor and Varma were "acting against party's decisions as well as its functioning" which amounted to breach of discipline.

The party also accused Kishor of using "insulting words" against the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

Prashant Kishor and Pavan Varma had criticised Kumar, berating him over his support to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and seeking his categorical stand on the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register for Citizens (NRC). They had also raised questions over JDU's poll alliance with the BJP for the ensuing Delhi Assembly elections.

Nitish Kumar had already said that both leaders should go wherever they want.

Prashant Kishor tweeted 'Thank You' soon after JDU's statement came out. "Thank you Nitish Kumar. My best wishes to you to retain the chair of Chief Minister of Bihar. God bless you," Kishor tweeted while taking a jibe at the JDU's alliance with the BJP. 

Kishor, who had already worked as election strategist for BJP and Congress, on Tuesday had called Nitish Kumar a "liar" over the Bihar Chief Minister's comments about his induction into the party. Kishor, who joined the party in September 2018 and was elevated to the rank of its national vice-president just weeks later, lashed out at Kumar for saying that he was inducted into the party at the instance of the then BJP chief Amit Shah.

Varma, the National General Secretary of the Janata Dal-United (JDU), had written to Nitish Kumar seeking "ideological clarity" on the alliance with the BJP. He had said he was "deeply perplexed" at the JDU-BJP alliance in Delhi.

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First Published : 29 Jan 2020, 03:56:56 PM