SENIOR JD(U) leader Shivanand Tiwari, who was denied another Rajya Sabha term along with N K Singh and Sabir Ali, has raised a banner of revolt against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, calling him “arrogant and heartless”. He has also refused the party’s offer to contest the Lok Sabha election from Buxar, saying Nitish “wanted him to lose the election”.
Tiwari, who was dropped as the JD(U) national spokesperson and also stripped of the national general secretary post after the split with the BJP, in a hard-hitting letter to Bihar JD(U) president Bashistha Narain Singh Wednesday wondered how he could be “served ultimatum” for not agreeing to contest from Buxar. He wrote: “How can I be a Lok Sabha candidate of someone (Nitish Kumar) who dropped two other innocent persons with single motive to drop me?”
Speaking to The Indian Express, Tiwari said: “When I had asked Nitish Kumar about my desire to contest from Buxar soon after the NDA split, he kept mum. Now all of a sudden, he wants me to contest the Lok Sabha polls. His idea is to hurt and humiliate me. One needs to prepare for such a contest.”
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He said the Chief Minister hated him for no obvious reasons, adding “where was the question of goodwill when the CM had not spoken to him since June”. “It hurts more because I was the one who kept criticising Narendra Modi in a bid to give Nitish an upper hand.”
Tiwari revealed that Shabir Ali, who had been sent to Rajya Sabha by LJP leader Ramvilas Paswan, had joined the JD(U) on the condition that he would be given the next term by the party. He said Nitish had maintained in front of many people during his last visit to Delhi that he would be sent to the Upper House again after his current term ends.
Asked if he was thinking of quitting the JD(U), he said it was not the right time to divulge everything. “But I want to reiterate that I am not going to contest Lok Sabha polls.”
Attacking the party state president for having served him an ultimatum on contesting polls, Tiwari said he was “stunned”. He added that it was only on January 22 night he got “Nitish diktat” to contest and hence it would be preposterous for him to take that offer.
Though the JD(U) state chief was not available for his response, party’s national spokesperson K C Tyagi said, “Shivanandji is a respected colleague. If he does not want to contest polls, it is his