Sharad Yadav heads for Bihar, JD(U) looks headed for split

Stating that the Grand Alliance was “a kind of an agreement with people” of Bihar, Yadav, Nitish’s predecessor as party president, said, “If the alliance has broken, the trust of people has also broken.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2017 9:28 am
Sharad Yadav, JD(U), Nitish Kumar, Parliament, Rs 500 notes, BJP, Monsoon Session, India news, Indian Express Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said that he will interact with the people to “seek a way out”. (File Photo)

Heading for a showdown with party chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with his three-day “Jan Samvad”, or mass contact programme in 10 districts of Bihar, JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said that he will interact with the people to “seek a way out”. “In a way,” he said, “the trust of people has broken” after the Grand Alliance — comprising RJD, JD(U) and Congress — was undone in Bihar, and Nitish teamed up with the BJP to head an NDA government.

Stating that the Grand Alliance was “a kind of an agreement with people” of Bihar, Yadav, Nitish’s predecessor as party president, said, “If the alliance has broken, the trust of people has also broken. I am going among the people to talk with them on this…. I will seek a way out — the way out will emerge only from there.” About Yadav’s Bihar programme, state JD(U) chief Bashishta Narain Singh told The Indian Express, “It’s a personal visit. The party has nothing to do with it…. His (Yadav’s) recent activities are against the stated stand of the JD(U).”

On Nitish Kumar’s decision to break away from the Grand Alliance and join the NDA, Singh said, “JD(U)’s extended legislature party meeting, attended not only by MLAs and MLCs but also district presidents and office-bearers, had authorised Nitish Kumar to take a decision keeping in view larger interests of the party and the state.” Sources close to Yadav said he is in no mood to join the NDA, or accept any ministerial berth. He is ready to also face the eventuality of being suspended by the party, the sources said.

JD(U) unit presidents from at least 14 states are learnt to have written to Nitish over July 30 and 31, raising questions over the manner in which he announced the decision to “break the alliance based on secularism”. They also demanded a party national executive to be held in Delhi to enable a “collective decision”. Copies of the letters have been submitted to Sharad Yadav, too, it is learnt. Among those who wrote is JD(U)’s Gujarat president Chhotubhai Vasava, who on Tuesday defied Nitish’s order to vote for BJP in Rajya Sabha election — leaders close to Nitish Kumar Wednesday said Vasava was Tuesday heard saying in Gandhinagar that Sharad Yadav had asked him to vote for Congress’s Ahmed Patel.

These leaders also pointed out that all party units outside Bihar have little say — Vasava is the only JD(U) MLA in another state, Kapil Patil (Maharashtra) is the lone party MLC outside Bihar, and Veerendra Kumar (Kerala) is the only party MP who does not belong to Bihar. While all three have opposed Nitish’s decision, the Nitish Kumar camp says JD(U) is a party based mainly in Bihar, and almost the entire lot of leaders there are with them.

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    Ramesh Salgotra
    Aug 11, 2017 at 6:38 am
    Sharad Yadav is a spent force. He is now a glass room politician. He was having some standing in politics due to support of Nitish Kumar. Once deprived of this vital support, he will be reduced to nobody in politics.Of course our English media has a liking for such rootless politician
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      Ravi
      Aug 10, 2017 at 8:07 pm
      Sharad Yadav is fighting against the BJP's misrule. BJP has stashed such crores and crores of black money that it can bribe crores of Rupees, and purchase MLAs in many states like Gujrat, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Manipur etc. ........ And icing on the cake was that - The two MLAs showed their ballot papers to gazing eyes of Amit Shah to ensure that Amit Shah realizes his bribing of crores of black money is not going down the drain.
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        sridhar
        Aug 10, 2017 at 11:23 pm
        Yes People like you are blind. You know there was 20 years alliance with BJP and he is barking now... Do you say that G Alliance like Lalu and congress are clean? come on they are one of the super corrupt parties which looted Bihar and India since 60 years
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        Aadis
        Aug 10, 2017 at 11:58 am
        Sharad Yadav has done a great job by breaking from him when Nitish Kumar changed to BJP , Mr Nitish is behind money and position ,so BJP is the right party for him .
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          Shailendra Nagar
          Aug 10, 2017 at 11:57 am
          Now the Congress will start horse trading as it has only one agenda in hand and that is to break BJP's dominance at any cost. Congress is giving free services to Lalu RJD in Bihar.
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            tamilan
            Aug 10, 2017 at 5:31 pm
            horse trading or donkey trading,,, its now Amit sha who is the don... Congress no more has this strength... and money power of BJP/RSS.... the real gundas are now in the BJP/RSS.
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            Amit
            Aug 10, 2017 at 11:36 am
            He will become slave of Lallu family from being a slave of Nitish. The pseudo brigade will ensure his complete irrelevance if he breaks from Nitish.
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              TIHAEwale
              Aug 10, 2017 at 11:30 am
              power is a great cementing factor not a dog from Bihar will support Sharad and dogs from outside Bihar will not be of any significant consequence. see in TN every one says Hum Saath Saath Hain. way back in 1978 Majority went with Vengal Rao and DevrajUrs only after voters thrashed them and stood by Indira Gandhi in Feb 1978 the rats came back to her
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                Sastry
                Aug 10, 2017 at 11:20 am
                This Joker on his own steam cannot even win an assembly seat. Why is the media giving so much importance to his actions and utterances?
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                  Vijay Sharotri
                  Aug 10, 2017 at 11:12 am
                  Mr Nitish Kumar------your down hill journey has already started. You can not fool the people of Bihar India.You were never voted to power to ally with BJP. Your calculations to side with Modi/BJP have misfired. You are reduced to just 'No En y' now and you are solely responsible for this b er. Modi Shah have totally neutralised you now.
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