JD(U)'s Sharad Yadav revolts against Nitish, accuses him of betraying public mandate

JD(U)'s Sharad Yadav revolts against Nitish, accuses him of betraying public mandate

JD(U)'s Sharad Yadav revolts against Nitish, accuses him of betraying public mandate

JD (U) veteran and former party chief Sharad Yadav on Thursday began his three-day "Jan Samvad Yatra" in Bihar to mobilise public support against JD (U) national president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's decision to break away with the grand alliance and form a government with BJP.

Sharad Yadav has accused Nitish Kumar of betraying the "trust of 11 crore people", who he said had backed the Mahagathbandhan in the 2015 assembly elections to rule for five years.

"The path that Sharad Yadav has chosen leads to the RJD", said KC Tyagi today, pointing out that Mr Yadav has not once commented on the corruption charges against Lalu Yadav and his family that led Nitish Kumar to end their alliance. "People like Sharad and I formed the party and worked tirelessly for it in the past twenty years".

He said that strangely one of the parties of an alliance took an U turn later, a development which he had never seen in his political career.

"I am still with the grand alliance".

Senior Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav will be meeting people to discuss the repercussions of the withdrawal of the grand alliance in the state.

Leaders of 18 opposition parties are attending the meet
Leaders of 18 opposition parties are attending the meet

Though many supporters turned up at the airport to greet Sharad Yadav, there was no prominent JD-U leader or lawmaker. "It was the people of Bihar which wanted to check the rise of communal and casteist forces", Yadav added.

"Kumar's unilateral decision to walk out of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) violates the mandate of the 2015 assembly elections". 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.

These volleys are similar to the offensive launched against JD (U)'s leaders in Bihar against RJD leaders in the run-up to Kumar's decision to call-off the alliance with RJD and Congress.

"I would just like to say that I still stand with the mandate and am going to meet a few friends from the Janata Dal", he added.

RJD MLA from Sonepur Ramanuj Prasad shared platform with Yadav at the function. Nitish also showing his disapproval on Sharad'smoves expelled Arun Srivastava, who is considered close to Sharad, from the post of party's general secretary on the grounds of him voting for Congress candidate during Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls. Sources said the JD (U) leadership could announce disciplinary action against Yadav on August 12. "Not even a panchayat pramukh was present to welcome him", a JD (U) spokesperson said.

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