Nitish Kumar decision to embrace BJP: ‘Deeply pained’ Sharad Yadav meeting Opposition leaders, likely to speak out soon

Nitish had resigned as chief minister on July 26, and taken oath with the BJP as ally the following morning. He won a trust vote in the Bihar assembly on July 29.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: July 31, 2017 1:06 pm
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Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, upset with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to snap ties with the opposition grand alliance and form a government with the BJP, is set to voice his dissent in a day or two. Yadav’s anger could have a bearing on the JD(U)’s position in Rajya Sabha, where the party has 10 members, led by Yadav. Two of these members, Ali Anwar Ansari and M P Veerendra Kumar, have already hit out at Nitish. Sources said that Yadav, who was replaced by Nitish as JD(U) president last October, is “totally against” the decision to align with the BJP. Nitish had resigned as chief minister on July 26, and taken oath with the BJP as ally the following morning. He won a trust vote in the Bihar assembly on July 29.

Yadav is yet to publicly speak on the developments in Bihar. But he has been meeting many opposition leaders, as well as JD(U) leaders from states like Kerala, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. He is learnt to have conveyed to these leaders that he is “deeply pained” at Nitish’s decision at a time when Opposition unity was needed the most.

Among those who met Yadav at his residence on Sunday were CPI leader D Raja and RLD chief Ajit Singh. Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury had met him on Friday. NCP’s Tariq Anwar too has met Yadav.

Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is also a relative of RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s, spoke to Yadav after Lalu appealed to him to join the battle against the BJP, referring to him as “our leader Sharad Yadav”. Mulayam’s son and former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav too spoke to Yadav by phone. SP Rajya Sabha member Naresh Agrawal is expected to meet Yadav soon.

Hira Singh Markam of Gondwana Ganatantra Party from Madhya Pradesh also called on Yadav. Seven-time JD(U) MLA from Gujarat, Chhotu Bhai Vasava, too, has backed Yadav against Nitish.

Yadav has not been swayed by efforts at mollification from senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley and the BJP’s Bihar in-charge Bhupender Yadav. The BJP is learnt to be willing to offer a cabinet berth to Yadav. Some BJP leaders were in touch with Yadav on Sunday, too.

Bihar is the only state in which the JD(U) has a substantial presence. It has a minor presence in states like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala and UP. The entire lot of JD(U) MLAs in Bihar voted for Nitish in the trust vote. Nitish has spoken to Yadav after July 26, but has failed to break the ice.

Meanwhile, JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi said that the party national executive in Patna next month would provide a chance to all leaders to express their views. “Sharadji is the founder president of JD(U). He is the most senior leader of the party. He has been invited with utmost respect to attend the event,” Tyagi told The Indian Express.

Another leader, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said, “Sharadji will attend the national executive meeting on August 19 and express his reservations.”

Sources close to Nitish Kumar said Yadav was unlikely to do “something that damages the party, such as breaking the party”, and expressed the hope that he would come around. Another source said party representatives from 20 states would write a letter addressed to both Yadav and Nitish. There is a view in a section of the party that Nitish took a “hurried” decision unlike in 2013, when he had walked out of the NDA only after detailed deliberations.

On Sunday, Yadav targeted the government on Twitter. “Neither black money slashed abroad returned, one of [the] main slogans of [the] ruling party nor anyone caught out of those named in Panama papers,” he said. Earlier, on June 29, he had tweeted: “Although Govt collects number of cesses in [the] name of different services from public, yet don’t see any improvement in any area in [the] country”

On July 28: “Ultimately our PSUs are used for any social cause like Govt plans to rescue stranded assets in power sector but PSUs disinvested heartlessly.” On July 27, Yadav had hit out at the central government’s crop insurance scheme. “Amongst others Fasal Bima Yojana is another unsuccessful scheme of [the] Govt through which only private insurance companies being benefitted. Fasal Bima Yojana is big failure as farmers are not aware about insurers but premium deducted from their loans, benefit goes to only insurers,” he said in two tweets.

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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Jul 31, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    Sharad Yadav is not having a base in his own party and the post is offered to him as a Senior Person and of course one of the founder's of the JD(U) and now he can't set up his own party or alternatively to join Lallu or SP which are Family Parties and full of corruptions. He may join the corrupt Congress Party if he don't have any spine and here too till such time RJD is having an alliance Sharad can't be projected as CM candidate and Lallu wanted to rule by proxy and for that he will accept ONLY his sons or wife as CM candidate. If he prefers to join Communists his political career ill end and it is better to take sanyas from Politics and if not to continue with JD(U) and accept the CAbinet Minister post offered by BJP for the sake of Nitish - Choice is yours and you can decide on your own which path you wanted to go ???
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      Pais Hilary
      Jul 31, 2017 at 2:30 pm
      Dumping comes easy.Not just in politics. Wives can be dumped. Husbands can be dumped.
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        Pais Hilary
        Jul 31, 2017 at 2:24 pm
        Having won the elections with Laloo, after dumping Laloo, Nitish should have called for fresh elections. He will now be sidetracked in his own government. Like Mehbooba.
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          DRHSSODHI
          Jul 31, 2017 at 2:20 pm
          JDU leader Sharad Yadav - Need your help to finish corruption - mother of all ills - in the country. Don't spoil the present arrangement. Rather leave corrupted chandaal choukri n strengthen Nitish Kumar just for sometimes. You are being made a scapegoat by all.
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            Kamal Pasha
            Jul 31, 2017 at 2:12 pm
            India is completely divided politically and is not far from reality.
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              Mona singh
              Jul 31, 2017 at 12:50 pm
              Sharad Yadav is an irrelevant politician capable of uttering derogatory words about women. Let's not waste our time on him
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                Damodar Biswal
                Jul 31, 2017 at 12:37 pm
                Sharada Yadav has no political base.Desperate Lalu wants to clinch his support .But will be disappointed as he is a political non en y.
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                  module
                  Jul 31, 2017 at 12:10 pm
                  many party's spoke persons joined BJP, so K C Tyagi also joined. present generation won't respect elder, neither they can wait for longer. leaders those who are leaving one and joining another party, must be prevented or barricaded by means of stopping of promotion, responsibility, state head or even minister ship. one thing is sure such leaders are most corrupt person and will be doing all kinds of corrupt activities to earn more money, since they don't have any principles.
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                    vvvvv
                    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:09 pm
                    BJP Throwing free money that got from black money and demonstrated and buying MLA and again they Modi .. Amit Shah.. Arjun Jaitely .. Ram Nath Singh.. Shushma Swaraj .. All are saints they even dont what is corruption are all fakkus we all youth must teach this govt lesson so that Modi and Amit should forget what is politics... Chalatah Congress koh wipe out karna maghar khud do ka rashta saafhowgaya ...
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