PATNA: Poll strategist and JD-U vice-president Prashant Kishor is hugely annoyed with party boss, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for supporting the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).
A day after he said the CAB “discriminates right of citizenship on the basis of religion”, Kishor today expressed surprise over the way the JD-U chose to support the Bill in complete disregard of the people who reposed their faith in the parry in 2015.
In 2015, the JD-U which is headed by Nitish Kumar was a part of the three-party Grand Alliance—the other two parties being the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress—which got landslide victory in the assembly elections. The JD-U tasted victory because it was part of the bigger alliance which had huge support base among the Muslims.
While supporting #CAB, the JDU leadership should spare a moment for all those who reposed their faith and trust in it in 2015.
We must not forget that but for the victory of 2015, the party and its managers wouldn’t have been left with much to cut any deal with anyone.
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) December 11, 2019
It was because of the support of its two major allies, the JD-U had won good number of seats in the 2015 assembly elections and saved itself from being decimated, say political experts.
Strangely, however, Nitish Kumar walked out of the Grand Alliance midway and formed his new government with the BJP which was mandated to sit in the Opposition.
Kishor has now tried to remind the chief minister as to how the JD-U would have been left nowhere but for the 2015 election victory.
Disappointed to see JDU supporting #CAB that discriminates right of citizenship on the basis of religion.
It's incongruous with the party's constitution that carries the word secular thrice on the very first page and the leadership that is supposedly guided by Gandhian ideals.
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) December 9, 2019