Sharad Yadav says part of Grand Alliance; Nitish may remove him

Saul Bowman
August 11, 2017

The cold war between Bihar Chief MInister Nitish Kumar and JD (U) senior leader Sharad Yadav seems to be growing day by day. "The mandate was in favor Mahagathbandhan and I am here to interact with people to know what they feel about the issue", JD (U) senior leader Sharad Yadav told reporters in Patna on Thursday.

While the Bihar unit of JD (U) is seen backing Nitish, party sources say more than 12 state units have indicated support towards Yadav.

Asked whether his trip amounted to "anti-party activity", Yadav, who is the leader of the party in the Upper House, said, "I do not want to make any comment".

The veteran socialist leader added, "It is probably for the first time in country's 70-year-old democratic history that two parties or alliances, which fought against each other with separate manifestos, later came together with combined manifesto".

"The agreement of Gatbandhan (Grand Alliance) was for five years which has been broken.I am hurt by this".

Sharad Yadav has been on a 3-days state tour.

Without naming Nitish Kumar, Sharad Yadav said: "The decision to join hands with the BJP and form a government in Bihar was against the mandate given in the 2015 assembly polls against the BJP-led NDA".

In his first visit to Bihar after the Bihar grand alliance split, Yadav said that the disintegration of the alliance has violated the faith of 11 crore people of the state and that he is "hurt" by it.

Yadav will visit almost eight to ten constituencies of Bihar from August 10 to 12 and will hold discussions.

"Kumar's unilateral decision to walk out of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) violates the mandate of the 2015 assembly elections". Sources said one of the options with JD (U) national president Nitish Kumar is to suspend Sharad as JD (U) leader in Rajya Sabha and also suspend him from the party. Calling his statements unfortunate, the party's general secretary K C Tyagi said Yadav may face disciplinary action in the party meeting on August 19.

RJD MLA from Sonepur Ramanuj Prasad shared platform with Yadav at the function.

With Yadav making it clear that he is charting a different path, JD (U) leaders maintained restraint in using harsh words against him but expressed their displeasure particularly over his company with RJD.

The Rajya Sabha MP said he is running the "original" JD (U) and Nitish the "sarkari (government)" JD (U).

On the last day, Sharad Yadav will meet the people of Madhubani-Supaul-Saharsa-Madhepur.

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