Amid political drama in the state of Bihar, the Janata Dal (United) has today sacked its senior leader Sharad Yadav as the leader of JD(U) in the Rajya Sabha. The party decision comes 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, who was reportedly uncomfortable with JD(U)’s recent alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 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).
However, as reported by NDTV, JD(U)’s KC Tyagi took a jibe at Yadav, saying, “The political language being used by him is very objectionable and uncomfortable for the party president (Nitish Kumar) and the government (of Bihar). We will ask him to refrain from making statement which crosses limits.”
Sources from within the party had earlier speculated a split within the party among rumors in the political space suggesting Nitish’s action against 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’. As reported by India TV, sources close to JD(U) had stated that Nitish Kumar was 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.
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.
By: Priyam Mukhopadhyay