Nitish Kumar likely to act against Sharad Yadav; sources predict split within JD(U)

Amid continuing drama in Bihar politics, Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal (United) is seemingly on the verge of a possible split as rumours from within the political space suggests that the party is likely to take action against its senior leader Sharad Yadav. Yadav had been on a three-day long tour of Bihar to cheer up the voters after the party supremo’s recent decision to break alliance from the ‘mahagatbandhan’ with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress.

As reported by India TV, sources close to JD(U) had stated that Nitish Kumar is disappointed with Sharad Yadav’s public statements expressing discontent on the party’s last month’s decision to get into alliance with the Narrendra Modi-led party. Sources have further speculated that the Bihar CM might sack Yadav from the party for getting indulged in anti-party activities.

Days back Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar parted ways with the Grand Alliance to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and form government in the state. Reportedly Sharad Yadav was uneasy with the newly formed alliance and had openly expressed discontent on the latest development.

Unsatisfied with the party supremo’s decision to form government in the state with the support of the saffron party, Yadav had even congratulated senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel following his dramatic victory in the crucial Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat. Yadav’s statement caught major attention since the Janata Dal (United) had directed its only MLA in Gujarat to vote for the saffron party’s representative Balwantsinh Rajput. However, Chhotu Vasava, the JD(U) MLA in Bihar later stated that he had casted ballot in favour of Congress’ Ahmed Patel.

Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav will be in Bihar for three-days in his first public appearance after his party’s last month’s decision to join hands with BJP. The senior JD(U) leader will be visiting 28 places including Darbhanga, Supaul, Saharasa, Muzzaffarpur and Madhepura. Earlier, Yadav criticized the turn of events in the state politics and stated that by allying with the BJP, Nitish has betrayed people’s mandate.

By Priyam Mukhopadhyay

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