JD(U) ousts Sharad Yadav as RS leader

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

"JD-U sirf Nitish Kumar ki hi party nahi hai, yeh meri bhi party hai", Sharad Yadav said on the last day of his three-day Samvad Yatra to meet people and interact with them. The invitation was extended to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a meeting of the two leaders. All eyes are now on the National Executive meeting, to be held on August 19.

At a press conference, he also lashed out at JD (U) rebel Sharad Yadav and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, saying the former was a leader without a base while Prasad was using secularism as a cover to hide his and his family's corruption.

Reasoning out the whole drama, Nitish Kumar reiterated that he quit the "grand alliance" in Bihar for the development of the state.

The decision to remove Sharad Yadav from the party post has been communicated to Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu.Yadav, along with Ansari, has expressed differences with party chief Nitish Kumar's decision to snap ties with the Congress and RJD and form government with BJP's support.

Mr. Kumar also suspended MP Ali Anwar from the parliamentary party group for participating in the meeting of Opposition parties here.

Earlier on Thursday, Yadav had said that the split in the Grand Alliance had really hurt him. Nitish said the decision has been taken by the party and Sharad should accept it.

Nitish could be made convenor of the NDA, a stature once enjoyed by George Fernandes and Yadav, according to JD (U) leaders. "The BJP chief has been told that the party will share the names of the MPs who could join the council of ministers headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi", sources said.

The conclave, conceived as a protest against Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's decision to junk the "secular" alliance, is likely to feature senior opposition members. RJD supporters in large numbers along with some JD (U) workers had accorded reception to Yadav at Ramashish Chowk, Anjanpeer chowk in Hajipur in Vaishali district. "Sharad Yadav-led faction is the real JD-U while the other one has become a "Sarkari JD-U" and Bharatiya JD-(U)", Ansari said while briefing mediapersons. "Why didn't he protest then", Tyagi said.

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