Nitish slams Pavan Verma on party’s tie-up with BJP, says ‘free to leave’


Patna:┬áBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday slammed party leader Pavan Varma for publicly questioning the JD(U)’s tie-up with the BJP for Delhi assembly elections, saying he was “free to go” wherever he likes.

Kumar, who heads the JD(U), also expressed strong displeasure over Varma, a national general secretary of the party, sharing on the social media a letter wherein he had made mention of the chief minister having expressed apprehensions “in private” about the BJP’s “divisive” agenda.

“He is a learned man for whom I have a lot of respect even if he may not have similar sentiments for me. But is it proper to share such things in public and not on a party forum? What if I start sharing what he said to me in public?”, Kumar told reporters here.

Responding to Varma’s repeated demands for “ideological clarity”, Kumar said, “The JD(U)s stand is very clear. He is free to go wherever he likes”.

Verma has questioned his party’s alliance with the BJP in Delhi Assembly polls while Kishor has more than once made his differences with the party known on the issue of the amended Citizenship Act, and National Register of Citizens.