In a statement which may further weaken the fragile relationship between Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and the BJP in Bihar, political strategist and JD(U) leader Prashant Kishor on Sunday (January 12) said Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC) will not be implemented in the state.
In a tweet on Sunday, he also thanked Congress leaders Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi for their rejection of the CAA and NRC.
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“I join my voice with all to thank #Congress leadership for their formal and unequivocal rejection of #CAA_NRC. Both Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi deserve special thanks for their efforts on this count. Also would like to reassure to all that CAA-NRC would not be implemented in Bihar,” he tweeted.
Kishor’s appreciation of the Gandhis is a deviation from his earlier criticism of the party in December 2019 for being “largely absent in the citizen’ fight against CAA-NRC.
“Congress is not on streets and its top leadership has been largely absent in the citizens’ fight against CAA-NRC. The least party could do it to make all Congress CMs join other CMs who have said they will not allow NRC in their states. Or else these statements means nothing,” he had tweeted on December 21. He, had later thanked Rahul Gandhi when he joined the anti-CAA protests at Ramlila Maidan on December 24.
It is being speculated that Kishor’s Sunday’s tweet was also directed at a certain section of Congress leaders, who have been maintaining an equivocal stand on the implementation of CAA and NRC.
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Kishor, who had been critical of CAA-NRC had criticised its party for supporting the citizenship bill in Parliament.
His support of the Congress comes just a day after the party passed a resolution against CAA-NRC at its working committee meeting.