Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar appears intent on mending fences with estranged former colleagues as a part of the spadework for posing a reputable problem to the BJP’s nationwide hegemony.
Nitish Kumar obtained at his official residence on Monday night time Pavan Varma, the diplomat-turned-politician who had served as a nationwide normal secretary of the JD(U) till expulsion from the get together in 2020 within the warmth of the controversy over CAA-NPR-NRC.
“My meeting with Nitish ji was a courtesy call. We have been old friends, notwithstanding political differences that may have emerged from time to time,” Mr Varma informed Press Trust of India over cellphone.
The former IFS officer, who give up the Trinamool Congress final month, nevertheless asserted that he had “no plans, as of now” to hitch any political get together however added that he had “congratulated” Nitish Kumar for having dumped the BJP, thereby stripping it of energy within the state, and located the latter’s efforts at forging a united opposition “praiseworthy”.
Pavan Varma had fallen out with Nitish Kumar over the latter’s ambivalence over the Citizenship Amendment Bill which the JD(U) had ended up voting for in each homes of Parliament.
The profession diplomat had expressed his anguish on social media, sharing particulars of conversations with the Bihar Chief Minister whereby the latter, then within the National Democratic Alliance, had expressed “his discomfort over the BJP’s Hindutva politics”.
Nitish Kumar, identified to be a stickler for privateness, had expressed his annoyance with Pavan Varma’s disclosure in public.
Mr Varma ended up being ousted from the JD(U) alongside political strategist-turned-politician Prashant Kishor who had equally ended up rubbing the Bihar Chief Minister the unsuitable manner.
Pavan Varma’s assembly with Nitish Kumar has, nevertheless, set the hearsay mill in motion and studies have appeared in a bit of the media speculating that the previous IFS officer has been assigned the duty of “winning back” Prashant Kishor, who has given up the enterprise of political consultancy and brought up activism.
On a consolidation drive for the reason that JD(U)’s drubbing within the 2020 meeting polls, Nitish Kumar has proven willingness to swallow his delight by strikes like re-induction of Upendra Kushwaha who merged his Rashtriya Lok Samata Party final 12 months and received the important thing get together publish of parliamentary board chief.
Incidentally, Prashant Kishor had additionally met Nitish Kumar a number of months in the past in Delhi although each have maintained that it was a “courtesy call”.
Moreover, Prashant Kishor has been deprecative of Nitish Kumar’s exit from the NDA and sustaining that it was a “state specific” occasion which was unlikely to have any nationwide impression.
Nitish Kumar, who was then the JD(U)’s nationwide president, had inducted Prashant Kishor into the get together in 2018 and elevated the younger skilled to the publish of nationwide vice chairman weeks later.
Nonetheless, throughout his Delhi go to final month, the septuagenarian had many unkind phrases to discuss his former protégé, whom he accused of “not knowing the ABC” of the nice governance in Bihar.
Prashant Kishor has pulled no punches in hitting again and mentioned Nitish Kumar deserved to be a “brand ambassador for Fevicol” since he has mastered the artwork of remaining glued to his chair amidst all political storms.
Known to talk his thoughts even whereas he was within the get together, Mr Kishor has additionally claimed that he had requested Nitish Kumar after the 2020 meeting polls to not conform to turn into the chief minister and the latter’s refusal to heed the recommendation has resulted in a “loss of political capital”.
“I was then busy in West Bengal. I had spoken to Nitish ji after the assembly poll results and told him that he would be hamstrung if he ran a government with just 43 MLAs in the 243-strong assembly. As he himself has said and the BJP has also confirmed, he showed reluctance initially but gave in”, Mr Kishor informed a information channel.