New Delhi : Nitish Kumar has struck. On Saturday, the JD(U) chief and CM of Bihar removed rebel Sharad Yadav from the post of the party’s leader in the Rajya Sabha. Yadav had publicly opposed the JD(U)-BJP alliance in Bihar, saying the people of the state voted for the Grand Alliance.
Following Yadav’s sacking, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu declared Ram Chandra Prasad Singh as the new JD(U) leader in the House on a written representation by party general-secretary Sanjay Jha.
Party sources said Nitish Kumar ordered the removal of Sharad Yadav from the post in view of his anti-party utterances. Kumar had earlier suspended another JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP, Ali Anwar, who had attended a meeting of Opposition parties convened by Sonia Gandhi on instructions from Sharad Yadav.
Amit Shah wants Kumar to join NDA
Bengaluru: BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday announced that he has extended an invitation to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to join the NDA. This is the first official communication between Nitish Kumar and the BJP, post the Nitish aligning with the BJP in Bihar. In a tweet on Saturday morning, Shah spoke about their meeting on Friday and that he had invited Nitish to join the BJP’s coalition.
On Saturday, Sharad Yadav shot back at Nitish Kumar. JD(U) is not only Nitish Kumar’s party, it is also my party,” said Yadav in Bihar’s Madhepura district on the last day of his 3-day tour of Bihar aimed at mobilising people against the JD(U)-BJP alliance. “I am not afraid of anyone as I stand by my principles,” he added.
In Patna, JD(U) chief of the state unit Bashistha Narain Singh said Sharad Yadav forced action on him by continuously engaging in the “anti-party activities”. He said Nitish Kumar was also in the process of issuing him a show-cause notice for questioning his decision to form a government with the BJP.
Can Sharad Yadav split the party. He claims the support of 20 MLAs in Bihar. Kumar could take more action against Yadav and some other sulking leaders after the party’s August 19 national executive meeting. All the rebels have been invited to the meeting, sources said.