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Nitish faction removes Sharad as party head in RS

13 August 2017

Janata Dal (U) Rajya Sabha members on Saturday removed Sharad Yadav as their leader in the House and replaced him with R.C.P Singh, a senior party leader said.

JD (U)'s Bihar state president, Vashistha Narain Singh has confirmed the reports saying that the move was taken in the wake of Yadav's recent anti-party activities. "He has just been replaced with RCP Singh [as party leader in the Rajya Sabha]".

"There is no question of leaving the party (JD-U)". Amid stifling tension in JD (U) corridors, Congress President Sonia Gandhi called for a unity meet on Friday.

After snapping his ties with Lalu Prasad led RJD, Nitish Kumar entered into alliance with BJP to form a new government in Bihar on the 27th of last month.

But this break up was short lived as he declared his inability to continue running the Grand Alliance government with corruption tainted RJD leadership and weakening Congress in July this year. Yadav had been vocal while expressing his unhappiness after the JD (U)-BJP formed the government in Bihar. "Sharad Yadav-led faction is the real JD-U while the other one has become a "Sarkari JD-U" and Bharatiya JD-(U)", Ansari said while briefing mediapersons.

BJP president Amit Shah invited Nitish to join the NDA during their meeting in Delhi on Friday.

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"NDA will also be stronger with Kumar's party joining it", a BJP leader said. He had said that he was left with no choice but to leave the Garnd Alliance for that reason.

These developments are being closely watched and there is speculation about a rift within the JD (U).

Several JD (U) leaders, including Yadav, were miffed with Kumar's "unilateral" decision.

Summary: "It is Kumar who changed the mandate given by 11 crore people in favour of Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance)".

He added that this was not a personal fight against Nitish Kumar but a fight of principles and to save democracy and brotherhood.

Reacting to speculation that Sharad Yadav may form his own party, Tyagi said: "How can he do this?" We will go to the people.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Nitish faction removes Sharad as party head in RS