CAA, NRC will not be Implemented in Bihar; Says Prashant Kishor

JD-U leader and strategist Prashant Kishor (file photo).

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Patna: Senior Janata Dal-U leader and political strategist Prashant Kishor on Saturday fired yet another salvo at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when he, much to the annoyance of the BJP leadership, thanked Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for rejecting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Registration of Citizens (NRC) saying that was the right thing to do.

Kishor, who was instrumental in getting Narendra Modi elected to the Prime Minister's office back in 2014, has since turned against his former paymasters arguing the Modi-Shah policies were against democratic principles of the nation and were meant to distract from the failure of the NDA government.

"I join my voice with all to thank #Congress leadership for their formal and unequivocal rejection of #CAA_NRC. Both @rahulgandhi & @priyankagandhi deserves special thanks for their efforts on this count," Kishore wrote on his Twitter feed.

Kishor was far from done though. He ended his tweet by saying "Also would like to reassure to all that CAA-NRC will not be implemented in Bihar."

His last line has naturally ruffled many feathers in his own party in view of the fact that JD-U national president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has already flip-flopped on the CAA and NRC issue first speaking against them and later changing his mind in support of the new policies that have been described as extremely discriminatory by those opposed to the Prime Minister and his policies.

"Prashant Kishor is free to speak his mind but his statement is not representative of the party leadership or where the party stands on the issue of CAA and NRC. Nitish Kumar has made his stand clear and the entire party stands with him," said a senior JD-U leader.

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