Sharad Yadav set to host 'secular alliance' meet, target JD(U)

Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar

Getting tough on its senior leader Sharad Yadav, the Janata Dal United has submitted a letter to vice-president to remove him from Rajya Sabha as the party leader, according to reports. Indicating that he was not ready to toe the Nitish Kumar line, despite being outnumbered in the JD (U) by Kumar's supporters, Yadav said, "there are two JD (U) s in the state, one is sarkari (official) and another is janata's (of the people)".

Earlier in the day, the JD (U) replaced Mr Yadav with R.C.P. Singh as its leader in the Rajya Sabha.

"JD (U) sources said the party is expected to announce its decision to formally join the BJP-led NDA in its national executive meeting on 19 July in Patna".

The development comes after Kumar on Friday virtually shut the door on any reconciliation with rebel leader Sharad Yadav, saying he is free to take any decision as the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party had the entire partys nod. He made it clear that the JD (U) has already chose to align with the BJP.

Senior JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, at odds with party president Nitish Kumar since the latter jettisoned the 20 month old grand alliance to form a new government with the BJP, late last month, hit back at Kumar, on Saturday. Calling the move a "necessary step", Narayan said that if a person who is a leader indulges in anti-party activities, it must be condemned. As far as party is concerned, it has already taken its decision. The BJP is keen to rope in Nitish Kumar in an important role in the NDA.

"There is no question of leaving the party (JD-U)".

Hitting out at Kumar, Anwar said that people who brought the party to its glory were being "removed" from party posts.

He said, when we are together in government in Bihar, it is only natural that our party joins the Union government.

"Yesterday (Friday) they suspended me from the parliamentary party".

Tyagi said Sharad Yadav won from Madhepura with the BJP's support in 1999. Till now, he used to sit in the front benches, sharing the space with other top leaders of other parties. "We will fight till the end and go to the masses", said Ansari.