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Original JD(U) is with me, says Sharad Yadav

11 August 2017
Original JD(U) is with me, says Sharad Yadav

Sharad Yadav has openly expressed his disappointment over the prevailing situation in Bihar, especially with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar undoing the grand alliance and joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The stinging remarks come at a time when speculations of his split from the JD-U and even imminent sacking from the party are rife. If he floats a new party or join Lalu, he may be able to save the so-called "secular" image he has carved for himself in the last three years in Upper House.

In case there is a formal breakaway, both the factions will have to approach the Election Commission to claim the party name and the symbol (arrow), just like the two factions of Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh ahead of Assembly elections in the state.

"I will visit eight to nine districts during my yatra to take feedback from people".

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Earlier, after Nitish Kumar had walked away from the Grand Alliance, Sharad Yadav had said it was a "betrayal" of the people's mandate.

Sharad Yadav had said Nitish Kumar's decision was against the mandate given by 11 crore people in Bihar in the 2015 assembly polls against the NDA.

Sharad, who lost 2014 Lok Sabha polls at the hands of a Bahubali (muscleman-turned-politician) Pappu Yadav (now expelled from RJD) from Madhepura, was never a mass leader. He then left for Hajipur, where he addressed a public meeting and spoke against Nitish Kumar's decision to dump grand alliance partners RJD and Congress.

While a large number of RJD functionaries welcomed Sharad at Patna airport this morning, former state minister Ramai Ram was the only JD (U) functionary present there with a handful of party activists. "I continue to stand for the "gathbandhan"," he said.

"These things would be deliberated upon during JD (U) National Executive meeting at Patna on August 19", Tyagi said. The JD (U) is clear that such an act will lay the basis of action against the former party chief but it will not oblige Yadav with the expulsion that he wants. "The party is now not concerned whether he is with us or not", Neeraj added. "I have only asked a few JD (U) leaders to join me in this yatra (tour)", Mr Yadav said.

Sources close to Sharad Yadav hinted that he may also attend RJD's "BJP Hatao Desh Bachao" rally scheduled to be held on August 27. "Nitish ji should answer to people how he is running government with such tainted people", Tejashwi said.Coming down heavily on the CM for breaking Mahagathbandhan, he said, "Aisa koi saga nahi, jise Nitish ne thaga nahi".