Amid parallel meetings held by Nitish Kumar, Sharad Yadav, JD(U) passes resolution to join NDA

Amid continuing internal feud within the Janata Dal (United), the two factions, one headed by party supremo Nitish Kumar and another by Sharad Yadav, are holding parallel meetings in Patna today. And as the political drama continues in Bihar, Nitish Kumar led JDU has passed a resolution to join the Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA. The party decision came days after Amit Shah gave the proposal to Nitish Kumar, on his visit to Delhi. Sharad Yadav had publicly expressed dissatisfaction over the party’s decision to break out from the Mahagathbandhan with RJD and Congress and join hands with the saffron party to form government in Bihar.

The Nitish Kumar led JD(U) has called for the national executive committee meeting at the official residence of the Bihar Chief Minister and will be formally accepting BJP’s invitation to join NDA. On the other hand, Sharad Yadav with other loyalists, who opposed the party’s decision to make alliance with BJP, had also organized a programmed called the ‘Jan Adalat’ at SK Memorial Hall in Patna.

While the two separate meetings held by separate factions of JD(U) evidently highlights the chances of a probable vertical split within the party, JD(U) principal secretary general K C Tyagi has refuted chances of split and claimed that Yadav had left the party voluntarily. Tyagi further stated that the agenda of the party’s national executive meeting is to unanimously accept the party’s Bihar Unit’s decision to part ways with the Grand Alliance and join the saffron club “in the interest of the state”.

Earlier this month, Nitish Kumar sacked senior leader Sharad Yadav as the leader of JD(U) in the Rajya Sabha. The party decision came a day after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that Sharad Yadav is “free to go where he wants. In strong criticism at the party move, Sharad Yadav said, “action being taken against me because I spoke the truth, but still I don’t have any problem: Sharad Yadav on being sacked as party leader.”

Yadav further claimed that the state CM Nitish Kumar runs the party in a ‘sarkari’ way while real power of the party remains among the masses. Openly disapproving the party’s alliance with the saffron party, Yadav further stated that Nitish Kumar has betrayed the mandate of people who voted for JD(U)’s ‘mahagathbandhan’ with Congress and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

By Priyam Mukhopadhyay

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