Patna, Jan. 29: Former JD(U) spokesperson and outgoing Rajya Sabha MP Shivanand Tiwari has waged a virtual war against chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Tiwari flatly turned down the party’s direction to contest the Lok Sabha election from Buxar and alleged that Nitish had made the offer not to ensure his (Tiwari’s) victory but his defeat. “Nitish’s hatred towards me is so great that to deny me a second term in the Rajya Sabha, he refused tickets to two innocent persons (N.K. Singh and Sabir Ali),” Tiwari said in an open letter to state party president Bashishtha Narayan Singh on Wednesday.
While dropping the three sitting MPs, the JD(U) had directed Tiwari, N.K. Singh and Ali to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Buxar, Banka and Sheohar parliamentary seats, respectively. All three had declared their reluctance to do so.
The open letter also expresses strong resentment over Bashishtha giving an “ultimatum” to the three dropped MPs to convey their decision on contesting polls within two days. “It appears that you are losing your memory with advanced age. When you called me on January 22 night about Nitish’s orders, I told you that I would not contest from Buxar,” Tiwari taunted.
Tiwari also pointed towards Ali’s case. “Ali was made a Rajya Sabha MP by Ram Vilas Paswan. He joined the JD(U) on the condition that he would be re-nominated after his present tenure expired. I have information that during the last visit of Nitish to Delhi, he had promised Ali that he would be re-nominated to the Rajya Sabha. We all know how the party exploited Ali’s resources during the Delhi Assembly elections. Had Nitish a trace of humanity left in him, he would have re-nominated Ali,” Tiwari stressed.
The JD(U) has not responded to Tiwari’s revolt till this evening.