New Delhi: The Janata Dal (United) vice-president Prashant Kishor Sunday praised and extended a ‘special thanks’ to the Congress, a day after the party’s working committee passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Kishor, who had previously hit out at the Congress for its absence in the fight against the CAA, congratulated the party in a tweet and singled out Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi. He said they deserve “special thanks” for their “efforts” in this regard.
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.
Also would like to reassure to all – बिहार में CAA-NRC लागू नहीं होगा।
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) January 12, 2020
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) Saturday passed a resolution urging the Modi government to rollback the CAA as well as stop the updation of the National Population Register (NPR).
“The CAA and proposed NRC have created an environment of fear and anxiety in the country especially among the religious and linguistic minorities, tribals, poor and the vulnerable sections of the society,” the CWC statement read. “The CWC demands that Citizenship Amendment Act should be withdrawn and the process of NPR be stopped forthwith.”
The Congress also criticised the Modi government for how it has dealt with the anti-CAA protests and the crackdown at universities.
“The Modi government has unleashed the entire might of the brute State power to suppress, subjugate and stifle the voice of the youth and students across the country,.” the statement read.
A change in stance
Kishor was all praise for the CWC position, but the much-acclaimed political strategist had only last month slammed the Congress’s top leadership for being “largely absent in the citizens’ fight against CAA-NRC”.
“The Congress is not on the streets,” he had tweeted in response to a video on CAA put out by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
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 that they will not allow NRC in their states. Or else these statements means nothing https://t.co/EWJLyc3kgR
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) December 21, 2019
Kishor, who has been a consistent opponent of the CAA, had even spoken up against his own party’s position when it voted in favor of the Bill in parliament. The JD(U) is one of the BJP’s key allies.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had then reassured Kishor that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will not be implemented in Bihar, after the latter had allegedly offered to quit over the issue.
In his tweet Sunday, besides praising the Congress party, Kishor also added that there will be no CAA-NRC in Bihar.
“Also would like to reassure to all – बिहार में CAA-NRC लागू नहीं होगा।” “CAA-NRC will not be implemented in Bihar.” his tweet read.