Janata Dal (United) suspends 21 party workers for 'anti-party activities'

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Sources said the State JD (U) unit finds the going tough unlike the situation last month when the national entity made a decision to break the grand alliance of Opposition and join hands with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar.

There is no split in the Janata Dal United (JD-U) and that most MPs and MLAs are with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, party spokesperson K.C. Tyagi said on Monday.

The move comes after Sharad Yadav, whose tenure in the Rajya Sabha extends till 2022, was suspended for his opposition to Nitish joining the BJP. The party stepped up its attack on Yadav, who has opposed the decision to join hands with the BJP, as it suspended 21 leaders in the state, considered loyal to him, for alleged anti-party activities.

"We are the real one as we are still with the principles of the JD-U, but they have changed and become BJD-U", he added, in a jibe at the Nitish faction which has sided with the BJP to form government in Bihar. "He should not try to capture the JD (U) which always had a national presence", Arun Shrivastava, a close aide of Yadav, had said.

Bihar JD-U President Vashistha Narayan Singh said the 21 had been stripped of their primary membership.

Asked whether his trip amounted to "anti-party activity", Yadav, who is the leader of the party in the Upper House, had said, "I do not want to make any comment".

Yadav is disgruntled over Nitish's decision to break ties with Mahagathbandhan and that too without informing him once.

Sharad Yadav, on Saturday, was sacked as the JD (U) parliamentary leader in Rajya Sabha, being replaced by senior party lawmaker RCP Singh.

"People of the state support the grand alliance it voted for".

"Sharad Yadav is the founder of the party". Recently, at a function, Yadav boldly declared that the original JD (U), along with other secular forces will form a government after the next general election.

"Now the state government will set up solar plants at two places where it (govt) earlier wanted to set up thermal plants", Kumar said. To ensure his re-election, when Bihar came up for state elections, Mr Kumar abandoned a hostile past with Lalu Yadav to enter a partnership with him and the Congress. And they did so with Nitish Kumar becoming the CM for the 5 time.

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