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Earlier, on Monday night, while the Bill was being put to vote in the Lok Sabha, Kishor had tweeted disappointed to see JDU supporting #CAG that discriminates right of citizenship on the basis of religion. Its incongruous with the partys constitution that carries the word secular thrice on the very first page and the leadership that is supposedly guided by Gandhian ideals.
Bihar BJP spokesman Nikhil Anand came out with a cryptic tweet on Tuesday, saying some individuals are keen to establish themselves either as an institution or beyond the organizational framework. They also want their leader to follow them and move according to their dictates. The one who cant shed differences for the sake of ones country is worthless. #CAB.
In another tweet, in Hindi, he thanked parties which supported the Bill.
Another JD(U) spokesman Rajiv Ranjan Prasad sought to defuse the controversy, saying “Our party is democratic hence there is not a gag order. Some senior leaders have expressed their personal views. The party took its official stand after factoring in that the persecuted minorities from the adjoining countries should get help from India.
“Moreover, the assumption that this legislation discriminates against Muslims is unfounded. Even if a Muslim in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh needs help, there has been a system in place to grant political asylum. And that system will not go away with the (passage of) the Bill,” he added.
However, the Congress fumed at the “equivocation” by the JD(U) and warned it of electoral implications given Kumar’s popularity among the state’s Muslims despite old ties with the BJP.
“I have been in touch with many Muslims within the JD (U) who are deeply embarrassed by the flip-flop. Nitish Kumar should come out and state himself which is the real face of JD(U) the one represented by Varma and Kishor or the one we saw in Parliament,” BPCC working president Kaukab Qadri told.
Qadri accused Kumar of “capitulating before those whose guiding forces have been Nathuram Godse and Savarkar for the sake of holding on to power”.
“Nitish Kumar’s talk of socialism and Gandhianism are a farce. He has often wondered why the Congress has never chosen the JD(U) to align with instead of the RJD. In his own inconsistency lies the answer,” he said.
Qadri said nobody knew what Kumar actually believed in, and claimed that the JD(U) president will lose whatever goodwill he enjoyed among the state’s Muslims.
The RJD, meanwhile, launched a blistering attack on its official Twitter handle, calling Kishor “a BJP agent” who was inducted by Kumar under instructions of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The RJD was alluding to the claim made by the Bihar chief minister in a TV interview some months ago that the BJP national president had asked him to make the former poll strategist an active member of the JD(U).
Akhtarul Iman, state president of Asaduddin Owaisis AIMIM, which recently made its maiden entry into the Bihar assembly winning Kishanganj seat in a bypoll, said “The development has exposed the communalist face of Nitish Kumar, who has been pretending to be secular to garner Muslim votes.”
He urged all Muslim MLAs and MPs of the JD(U) to stand in solidarity with the “sentiment prevailing within the community” and tender their resignation.