Former Janata Dal (United) leader Pavan Varma has joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC). A former Rajya Sabha MP, Varma (68) is a diplomat-turned-politician who has authored several books and served as an advisor to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with the rank of Cabinet minister.

On Tuesday, the TMC took to Twitter to post a video of West Bengal CM and party chief Mamata Banerjee welcoming Varma to the party during her three-day visit to New Delhi.

Talking to reporters after joining the TMC on Tuesday, Pavan Varma said that he would like to see Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi after the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Apart from serving as India’s ambassador to several countries and a spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Varma has also authored several books and is a recipient of Bhutan’s highest civilian award – Druk Thuksey Award.

Varma is also the author of over a dozen best-selling books, including a book on Adi Shankaracharya and another on Ghalib, among others.

Why Pavan Varma left JD(U)

The Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) had expelled Pavan Varma and poll strategist Prashant Kishor from the party in 2019 for allegedly failing to accept ‘party discipline’.

Bihar CM Kumar had first spoken about Pavan Varma on January 23, telling reporters, “He (Pavan Varma) is free to go wherever he wants.”

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