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Former Janata Dal-United (JDU) MP Pavan Varma joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday. The All India Trinamool Congress on Tuesday shared a video on its Twitter handle in which West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inducted her into the party.

Talking to Republic TV, Pavan Varma said, “I was in JDU where I had a long association with Nitish Kumar. I had to leave JDU because of the opposition to CAA and NRC. Since then I was thinking about the way forward. It is my decision to join TMC by accepting Mamata Banerjee’s leadership. In a democracy where the ruling government needs to be properly audited, held accountable for its policies and decisions, I as a member of TMC I have joined and whatever responsibility Mamata Banerjee gives me, I will fulfill it.”

Further, Pavan Varma expressed his confidence in Mamata Banerjee’s leadership and said that he has no doubt that TMC will emerge as a national force. Pavan Varma was expelled from JDU for “anti-party activities”.

Who is Pavan Varma?

Pavan Varma is a former Indian Foreign Service officer and was also an advisor to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Verma was a Rajya Sabha MP from June 2014 to July 2016 and also held the post of National General Secretary and National Spokesperson of JDU. In 2019, Verma was expelled from JDU over ‘anti-party’ activities along with Prashant Kishor. JD(U) leader KC Tyagi had clarified that both were expelled for repeatedly making controversial statements against the party and its national president Nitish Kumar. Both Kishor and Verma were against JDU’s stand on CAA and NRC.

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