I continue to stand for the 'Gathbandhan': Sharad Yadav

Posted August 11, 2017

Sharad Yadav to leave the JD (U)?

Since the time, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish chose to switch sides and align with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a fresh government in the state, Sharad, the former president of the JD (U), has been openly criticising the saffron party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Kumar's unilateral decision to walk out of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) violates the mandate of the 2015 assembly elections". I am hurt by this.

"I continue to stand for the "Gathbandhan" (Grand Alliance)", he said. "It's for the first time in history of the country that the two manifestos of rival groupings have mingled". The JD-U will instead set him up for a fall; a suspension from the party will mean that Sharad Yadav will be disqualified if he does not follow formal party orders or whips to support the BJP-led government in Parliament. RJD supporters were, however, seen in large numbers receiving him at Patna airport as well as during his tour indicating Lalu Prasad's wholehearted support to him.

Hundreds of his supporters, including some JD-U leaders, welcomed Yadav as he came out of the airport, shouting slogans in his support.

Yadav landed in Patna and hit the road from the state capital, moving through Hajipur, Sonepur and Muzaffarpur. Alok also lashed out at Srivastava, calling him a burden on the party who had only drained the party and had no stature to question Nitish Kumar. "The JD-U has nothing to do with it". JD (U) Rajya Sabha MP Harivansh, on the other hand, said Sharad seems to have left the party voluntarily. Few RJD workers were also present there. He had represented Madhepura, where he would stay on August 12, at Lok Sabha. Not only has the senior JD (U) leader been vociferous in his opposition to the NDA in the Upper House, but has also called a meeting of all like-minded Opposition parties on August 17.

On the last day, Sharad Yadav will meet the people of Madhubani-Supaul-Saharsa-Madhepur.

Tyagi said that the party was keeping a close watch over his activities and utterances.

"Sharad Yadav's visit to Bihar is his personal initiative. The party is now not concerned whether he is with us or not", Neeraj added. Both are in touch with Sharad Yadav. And, why is he going against Nitish Kumar, the man he supported for so long? They voted Mahagathbandhan to power and the mandate was against the BJP. "The mandate was received on the basis of zero tolerance towards corruption and the people of Bihar are happy with Nitish Kumar for not compromising with corruption of RJD", Sushil Modi said in a statement. In that scenario, Sharad will form his own party.