People disappointed over breakdown of Grand Alliance: Sharad Yadav

Jerome Frank
August 11, 2017

The rift in the JD (U) seemed to widen today, with senior leader Sharad Yadav claiming that the original party is with him as he termed Nitish Kumar's joining hands with the BJP as "betrayal of the people's mandate".

"I still stand with Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) that was given a mandate by 11 crore people in Bihar in the 2015 assembly polls to rule for five years", Yadav told the media after landing at the Patna airport from Delhi.

Yadav's statement comes at a time when speculation is gaining that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar may remove him for "indulging in anti-party activities".

"I am still with the grand alliance".

Growing resentment in the party has become more obvious with the ruling JD (U) distancing itself from the Yadav's visit and dubbing it a personal initiative. He also hit out at Nitish Kumar over his decision to dissolve the grand alliance with Lalu Yadav and the Congress and join hands anew with the BJP.

Another major step that Sharad is taking towards parting with the party is just 10 days ahead of the JD (U) party meet he is set out on a three-day public interaction programme to know the reactions of people on the break up in the grand alliance starting from Thursday. will visit at least 28 places, including Darbhanga, Supaul, Saharasa, Muzaffarpur and Madhepura.

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The 70-year-old Yadav, now a sitting MP of JD (U) in Rajya Sabha, reached Patna amid a rousing welcome by hundreds of his supporters-both JD (U) and RJD workers.

Nitish Kumar revived his alliance with the BJP against the opinion of Sharad Yadav. Yadav has been against breaking the grand alliance with RJD and Congress.

He also said that the people who are associated with BJP have been roaming free despite being involved in a number of scams. Both are in touch with Sharad Yadav. I consider this as a responsibility. First, at some stage, they all went rogue against their own party leadership. MLA, MLC or any MP came to either receive him or express solidarity with the former party president who has been nursing grudges against Bihar Chief Minister ever since he was replaced as JD (U) president by Nitish. "All talks of split and action against Yadav are wrong", said party spokesperson Neeraj Kumar.

With Yadav making it clear that he is charting a different path, JD (U) leaders maintained restraint in using harsh words against him but expressed their displeasure particularly over his company with RJD.

"These things would be deliberated upon during JD (U) National Executive meeting at Patna on August 19", Tyagi said.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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