JD(U) rift deepens, party removes Sharad Yadav as Rajya Sabha leader

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"R C P Singh has been elected leader of the party in the Rajya Sabha, replacing Sharadji", confirmed Bihar JD (U) chief and Rajya Sabha member Bashishta Narayan Singh.

Singh is a trusted lieutenant of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. "Who are they to frighten me?" the JD (U) parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha said here. He also sent a senior JD (U) leader Ali Anwar on his behalf to attend the opposition party meet organised by Congress high command Sonia Gandhi on Friday.

Party's national general secretary KC Tyagi said, "Nitish Kumar himself will moot the proposal which will be passed unanimously".

The JD (U) spokesperson alleged that Sharad Yadav won from Madhepura with the BJP's support in 1999.

At the Patna meeting, the JD (U) will formalise a decision to join the NDA.

Please Wait while comments are loading. "Mere reflection of the fact that the person who was considered an alternative to Modi has joined him against the UPA is enough to change the political dimension decisively in favour of the NDA", said a leader close to Nitish. "There are two JD-Us in Bihar, one is sarkari (official) and another is janata (of the people)". He also said the Congress president was trying to "interfere" in the JD (U)'s internal matters, he said.

"The decision to join hands with the BJP and form a government in Bihar was against the mandate given in the 2015 assembly polls".

These developments are being closely watched and there is speculation about a rift within the JD (U).

The senior party leader has raised questions over the alliance saying that this decision has broken the trust of those who voted for JD (U). "Now, he is not in the government, the party has become a sarkari party?"

Sharad Yadav kickstarted his three-day Jan Samvad Yatra on August 10.

"First, Nitish took the decision to go with the BJP without calling the national executive".

The party would initiate appropriate action against Yadav "at the right time", he added.

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