Sharad Yadav meets Rahul Gandhi, speaks to Arun Jaitley

“Nitish Kumarji has said he quit the Grand Alliance because he listened to his voice of conscience. My conscience does not allow me to support the decision to form a government with support from the BJP,” Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar Ansari told.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Published: July 28, 2017 2:36 am
nitish kumar, sharad yadav, lalu prasad yadav, grand alliance, Ali Anwar Ansari, M P Veerendra Kumar, arun jaitley, rahul gandhi, jdu bjp, bihar politics Sharad Yadav at his residence in Delhi, Thursday. (Anil Sharma)

NITISH KUMAR’S return to the NDA at the head a new government in Bihar with the BJP as partner has not just stunned the Opposition but some within his own party.

JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Thursday morning but maintained a studious silence on what transpired at the meeting. He also met two leaders of his own party — Rajya Sabha MPs Ali Anwar Ansari and M P Veerendra Kumar — who spoke out against Nitish Kumar’s decision to go with the BJP.

Yadav also spoke on phone with Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley but there was no word on what was discussed — there was speculation in some quarters that JD(U) may join the Union Council of Ministers. After their meeting at Yadav’s residence, Ansari said even Yadav was not aware of Kumar’s decision to walk out of the Grand Alliance and form a government with the BJP.

“Nitish Kumarji has said he quit the Grand Alliance because he listened to his voice of conscience. My conscience does not allow me to support the decision to form a government with support from the BJP,” Ansari told The Indian Express. He said not just the JD(U) or Opposition, but many in the country were hoping Nitish Kumar would provide an alternative leadership in the country.

“Though there were indications from sometime, I never believed that Nitishji will join hands with the BJP again. We were the ones who gave the slogan of ‘Sangh-mukt Bharat and Sharab-mukt Samaj’. The issue on which we had parted ways with BJP, fearing that they will get further strengthened under Modi, is what is happening today. So why join hands with the BJP now. I was not in agreement with Kumar’s decision to support NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind but then thought it could be an isolated incident because he was Bihar Governor. But this is too much. If I do not protest against it, I will not be able to show my face to the world… log thu-thu karenge (people will criticise),” Ansari said.

Veerendra Kumar too said he was shocked by Nitish Kumar’s decision and said the Kerala unit of the party — he is the state chief — will not follow the Bihar Chief Minister into the NDA fold. He appealed to all JD(U) MPs to denounce the move and quit the party. “As far as Kerala is concerned, we will never become part of the JD(U) represented by Nitish Kumar. Future course of action will be decided after the state council meeting,” he said.

Kapil Patil, JD(U) member of Maharashtra Legislative Council, also disagreed with Nitish Kumar’s decision and said it will be raised at the national executive committee meeting of the JD(U) on August 19.

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  1. P
    P T
    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:37 pm
    JD(U) has no base in Kerala and Sri Vee rakumar became MP at the mercy of UDF.
    1. R
      renuka sharma
      Jul 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm
      Who is Nitish Kumar today to call anyone corrupt...he has aligned himself with a partner who prabobly has a number of MLA's with cases against let's see how he deals with that, if I remember right there was some scam in 2010/11 involving over 11,000 crores citing Sushil Modi And Nitesh Kumar as the main culprits, more so Nitesh Kumar since he was the CM. I think Nitesh is not going to have it as easy as he thinks because the actual power is Mr Modi, not Nitesh Kumar and this so called clever step of his might lead him into political wilderness because the duo of Amit Shah Mr Modi wiil outwit him quite easily. Renuka Sharma
      1. R
        Jul 28, 2017 at 10:27 am
        Nitish govt has started under Lalu, then swtiched to BJP during Vajpayee. Then got separated from BJP when Modi be their leader. Joined back hand with RJD and Congress. With his inconsistent alignment and cris-cross on his wording and commitments, he lost trust of the people of Bihar. Being elected on anti-BJP votes, he switched to BJP is sort of ditching the mandate. Second, he can resign from CM post with his own consciousness, no issue. But how can be partner with BJP within few hours and start forming the govt. It's highly unfortunate to decide by yourself for the whole party. Do you think the party leaders are just monkies watching your circus. Yesterday to whom they were souting aginst, how can they swtich loyality over night. Do you expect them to have some consciousness or only have it. I am sure such step of Nitish will spilt JD(U) like never before. Any party having one-man-show is bad for the country.
        1. M
          Jul 28, 2017 at 9:24 am
          No party should become a one man show. If there is no modi, bjp will vanish there after. this history already there with many parties. better to work together and have a second option always ready.
          1. S
            Jul 28, 2017 at 7:40 am
            Ansari has no public mandate. He is at d mercy of NItish. He will not b nominated again in April 18 after his term. In Kerala kumar is the party and he is d only member. He is at d mercy of congress or CPM? Both r talking like commedians as I am unable control their jokes.
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