Prashant Kishor free to quit party, says JD(U) general secretary
Ram Chandra Prasad Singh on Friday said people like Prashant Kishor have come in the party on “compassionate ground” and if they didn’t like the JD(U)’s line they should choose their own path.
Responding to a query on Kishor, Singh said, “When did he came in the party? Which work of the organization has he done and where is he working now?”
“Our leader, Nitish Kumar, gave him so much honour. But look at what he has been doing now. Such people have come on 'compassionate ground' and they think they would stand in front of those leaders who have risen based on their works. Nothing will happen by writing tweets only,” Singh, who is JD(U) leader in the Rajya Sabha, said while making an oblique reference to Kishor’s series of tweets in the recent days in which he criticized the party’s line on the CAB. The Citizenship Act will provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after facing religious persecution there.
On being asked about any possibility of taking disciplinary action against Kishor, Singh who is considered second-in-command in the party after Nitish Kumar, said, "JD(U) will not take any action against Kishor because he currently doesn’t hold any important post in the party.”
“The party has recently completed the process of election of its national president (Nitish). After that new committee has so far not been formed. Hence, there is neither a vice president nor a general secretary in the party at the national level. How many members he (Kishor) has enrolled in the party? Did he go anywhere in Bihar for the party’s work? He didn’t go,” Singh, who put up the JD(U) stand on the CAB in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, said.
Disappointed to see JDU supporting #CAB that discriminates right of citizenship on the basis of religion. It's inc… https://t.co/aH2sREOyLa— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) 1575911667000
Singh further said the JD(U)’s line on the CAB is clear. “Those leaders who don’t like the party’s line, are free to take their own path. Many people do not have idea as to what is there in the CAB. JD(U) understands the provisions laid in the Bill, hence the party supported the Bill in both houses of the Parliament," he said.
Earlier in the day, Kishor, who has been speaking fiercely against the CAB made a last-ditch effort to stop the implementation of the controversial legislation.
Taking to Twitter, Kishor urged the non-BJP chief ministers to “save the soul of India” and take a stand against the contentious legislation.
"The majority prevailed in Parliament. Now beyond judiciary, the task of saving the soul of India is on 16 Non-BJP CMs as it is the states who have to operationalise these acts. Three chief ministers (Punjab/Kerala/WB) have said NO to #CAB and #NRC (National Registrar of Citizens). Time for others to make their stand clear," Kishor said in a fresh tweet on Friday.
Kishor’s fresh tweet came a day after Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee and Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan said that they would not implement the "controversial act" in their states.
Earlier, Kishor who is currently working as poll strategist for Banerjee's All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), had urged the party leadership not to support the CAB in the Parliament.
After the JD(U) supported the CAB in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Kishor took to Twitter and wrote, “Disappointed to see JD(U) 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.”
Again on Thursday, Kishor reminded the JD(U) of the 2015 Bihar assembly elections and tweeted, “While supporting CAB, the JD(U) 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."
“We are told that CAB is bill to grant citizenship and not to take it from anyone. But the truth is together with NRC, it could turn into a lethal combo in the hands of government to systematically discriminate and even prosecute people based on religion. #NotGivingUP," the well-known poll strategist said in another tweet on Thursday.
Reacting over Kishor’s tweets, a close aide of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had on Wednesday said a leader or two might express their “personal opinions” on the legislation, but such isolated views must not be considered as a division in the party on the issue.
“The party’s official line on the CAB is very much clear. People saw the party’s official stand in Parliament. ‘Personal views’ of someone must not be considered as a division in the organization,” Bihar minister and JD(U) national general secretary Sanjay Jha had told TOI on Wednesday.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was passed by the Parliament earlier this week and has now become the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 following assent from President Ram Nath Kovind.