Nitish Expels Prashant Kishore and Pavan Varma from JD-U

Pawan Varma, Nitish Kumar, Prashant Kishor (file photo).

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Patna: As widely expected, after nearly a month-long ugly spat between former political wunderkind Prashant Kishor, his lone supporter and former Rajya Sabha member Pavan Varma and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, both Kishor and Varma were kicked out of the party on Wednesday for engaging in 'anti-party activities'.

The firing of Kishor came less than 24 hours after he called his former boss a liar for saying that he was inducted into the Janata Dal-U at the request of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah.

Both Kishor and Varma have come out against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Registration of Citizens (NRC) saying the new BJP policies were discriminatory to people based on one's religion.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Chief Minister had said that he did not care if Kishor wanted to leave the party.

"He is working with AAP and perhaps harbors bigger ambitions. If he wants to leave the party, that is fine with me," he said. He also attempted to undermine Kishor's political shrewdness suggesting he was not hired for his talents but because of the recommendation from Amit Shah.

"If he wants to remain in the JD-U, he'll have to learn to follow the basic structure of the party," Kumar had said on Tuesday.

Kishor then fired off a tweet saying Nitish Kumar was lying about Amit Shah.

Less than 10 hours later, Kumar expelled both Kishor and Varma from the JD-U accusing them of indulging in anti-party activities.

As the news of Kishor and Varma spread, the former national vice president of the party thanked the Chief Minister and wished him good luck in the upcoming state elections.

"Thank you Nitish Kumar. My best wishes to you to retain the chair of chief minister of Bihar. God bless you." Kishor said.

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