Sharad Yadav on Nitish Kumar joining hands with BJP: Unfortunate that coalition has broken

Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament, Yadav said: "I don't agree with the decision in Bihar, it's unfortunate. The mandate by the people was not for this. Breaking an agreement with the people is a very big thing, they voted for the Grand Alliance."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 31, 2017 5:02 pm
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Breaking his silence on Nitish Kumar aligning with the BJP in Bihar, senior JD(U) leader and MP Sharad Yadav described the turn of events as “unfortunate” and claimed the mandate given by the people was being violated. Speaking to reporters outside Parliament on Monday, Yadav said: “The situation (dissolution of coalition) is very unpleasant to us… It is unfortunate that the coalition has broken.”

“Breaking an agreement with the people is a very big thing, they voted for the Grand Alliance,” he added later.

Reacting to his remarks, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said: “Sharad Yadav is not interested in Bihar’s politics. He is simply restless.”

Reports suggested that the veteran JD(U) leader was upset with Nitish breaking the grand alliance of the RJD and Congress. He refrained from making statements to the media last week when Nitish put in his papers. Sourced in the party told The Indian Express that Yadav was “totally against” Nitish’s decision to return to the NDA fold.

In the past few days, Yadav has been meeting several opposition leaders at this residence in Delhi. He is learnt to have told them that he was “deeply pained” with Nitish breaking ranks and entering into an alliance with the BJP at a time when Opposition unity was needed the most.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, referring to Sharad as “our leader”, had urged him to join in the fight against the BJP.

Meanwhile, Yadav has been attacking the BJP-led government at the Centre over Panama Papers and its public initiatives. “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 wrote on Twitter.

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 a big failure as farmers are not aware of insurers but premium deducted from their loans, the benefit goes to only insurers,” he said in two tweets.

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  1. N
    Aug 7, 2017 at 8:35 pm
    Is sharadyadhav still in politics,has he any followers?IE trying hard to unsettle NDA,what for?There seems to be some hidden motives for this daily.Please don't letdown Goyanka who was dead against congress your readers want IE to be like that always.
    1. V
      Aug 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm
      Would like to quote Mr. Sharad Yadav from the news item - “Breaking an agreement with the people is a very big thing, they voted for the G Alliance,” Mr. Sharad Yadav needs to think of the following when he refers to "people voting for this......". 1. In 1977 people voted for Janata Party. The people wee not bothered about dual-membership (Raj Narain, Sharad Yadav and Co.) defeated the mandate and Mrs. Indira Gandhi came back to power. 2. Bihar mandate in 2015 was not for Lalooji to get back to old ways of loot (fodder scam) 3. Bihar mandate was also not in approval of "benami property" route adopted by Lalu ji as Railway Minister ( not discussed during 2015 but with Nitish - corruption will be questioned was the view 4. During 2014 elections image of Lalooji as "corruption" leader was discussed and the voters did not vote Lalooji. 5. As "Mahaghatbandhan" was getting name of "ghotalabandhan" Nitish had to act.
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        Vin Mehta
        Aug 1, 2017 at 10:45 am
        This fatso wants a cabinet berth hence the drama. Once inducted he will sing in the same tune. All for power. These guys hav neVer done anything for the country
        1. D
          Aug 1, 2017 at 6:56 am
          Sharad Yadav is mad because Lalu can not continue his FAMILY CORRUPTIONS.
          1. H
            Aug 1, 2017 at 6:02 am
            Sharad Ji is now one of few honest leader in the country. Winning Election can be easiest job for a Crook in Indian Politics but staying on principles is nearly impossible for most of politicians. Like Nitish has been sold like a Cattle, due to his selfishness and personal greed that he himself lost a great opportunity to become next PM. Nitish has serious troubles in making decision and his decision in 2014 to quit alliance with BJP is similar to this one where due to his greed he is going far away from the position of PM. Feku is in power with Frauds but how long that fraud continues remains to be seen.
            1. K
              Aug 1, 2017 at 4:32 am
              Sharad Yadav appears to be enthusiastic to travel in a road which is likely to lead to the middle of nowhere. Strange to see himself entertaining all the failed politicians, many of them heavily burdened with loads and loads of accusations of corruption, and appears to be enjoying the sudden unexpected glory of being labelled MY LEADER by Lalu Yadav. Old sayings are mostly true in that one's mind travels only the road where his/her fate is destined to take the person. Krish
              1. G
                Aug 1, 2017 at 3:03 am
                It is war between principles and power and the bikau are throwing themselves to the bidder and follow as puppet.
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                  Venkataraman Jagadesan
                  Jul 31, 2017 at 11:20 pm
                  How was this Yadev became the convener of NDA during Mr Vajpayee's time? He likes the fodder thief and he should join his party immediately and he should not unnecessarily create problem at Bihar. He is otherwise also not from Bihar and is from MP. Jai Hind.
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