JD(U)'s Sharad Yadav revolts against Nitish, accuses him of betraying public mandate

Katrina Barker
August 11, 2017

The tour is meant to be a loud no from Yadav to Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar against the latter's decision to dump the Grand Alliance and re-join the BJP-led NDA. "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. However, he had refrained from attacking Nitish directly until now. He said there are two Janata Dals. "Nitish has broken the trust of 11 crore people of Bihar", said the senior leader. During his Bihar tour, he is likely to hold series of public meetings to understand what people feel about Nitish Kumar's decision to break Grand Secular Alliance. RJD supporters in large number along with some JD (U) workers accorded reception to Yadav at Ramashish Chowk, Anjanpeer chowk in Hajipur in Vaishali district.

The JD (U) has distanced itself from Sharad Yadav's tour. Surprisingly enough, none of the JD (U) legislators close to Yadav were there to receive him at Patna airport. "This is his personal tour", JD (U) spokesperson Niraj Kumar said.

With shadow boxing escalating between supporters of Yadav and Nitish, the sacked JD (U) general secretary Arun Srivastav, a close confidante of Sharad Yadav, said, "Nitish Kumar did not give any time in raising JD (U)".

During the assembly elections in 2015, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav along with Congress party had formed a Mahagathbandhan to keep BJP out of power in Bihar.

Yadav is also insisting on attending an opposition rally in Bihar organised by Lalu Yadav's RJD later this month. The JD-U is clear that such an act will lay the basis of action against the former party chief but it will not oblige Mr Yadav with the expulsion that he wants.

"Sarkari JD (U) is with Nitish Kumar while the original party is with me. He would go to jail with his entire family on the charges of corruption soon", BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Choubey told ANI. Ms Mayawati, who quit her Rajya Sabha seat last month after complaining that she was not allowed to speak, will find it hard to make it to the Upper House from UP having won just 19 seats, which makes her fully dependent on the Samajwadi Party for support in securing the seat.

But this would not prevent Yadav from getting back to Rajya Sabha from some other state with some other party's support in the next round of elections to the upper house. This raised many eyebrows because the Janata Dal (United) had directed its lone MLA in Gujarat, Chhotu Vasava, to vote in favour of BJP's Balwantsinh Rajput.

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