I continue to stand for the 'Gathbandhan': Sharad Yadav

Posted August 11, 2017

The tour is meant to be a loud no from Yadav to Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar against the latter's decision to dump the Grand Alliance and re-join the BJP-led NDA. Staking his own claim over the party which he had led for 14 years, Yadav said while the "sarkari" JD (U) might have joined the BJP, the people's JD (U) was still with the Grand Alliance.

While the Bihar unit of JD (U) is seen backing Nitish, party sources say more than 12 state units have indicated support towards Yadav. "Sharad Yadav has constantly been questioning Nitish Kumar's decision, but hasn't once commented on the investigation against Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi", Tyagi said, warning, "If he crosses the line, it will be unfortunate".

Addressing the media, Sharad Yadav said that people, who established the mandate, were hurt because of the whole situation. "Both the parties (BJP and JD-U) had contested against each other and had different manifestos".

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He said the people's mandate was insulted due to break-up of grand alliance.

Sharad Yadav to leave the JD (U)? He also hit out at Nitish Kumar over his decision to dissolve the grand alliance with Lalu Yadav and the Congress and join hands anew with the BJP.

In his first visit to Bihar after the Bihar grand alliance split, Yadav said that the disintegration of the alliance has violated the faith of 11 crore people of the state and that he is "hurt" by it. "The original JD (U), in association with secular forces, would form a government after next general election", he told the gathering, comprising of his supporters and RJD workers. What Sharad Yadav is doing is against the party. He added that he was still with the Mahagathbandan (Grand Alliance).

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Yadav is on a three-day visit to eight districts in Bihar including Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Supaul and Madhepura. 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. However, RJD's support for Yadav was clear from the presence of several volunteers of the party on his route.

RJD MLA from Sonepur Ramanuj Prasad shared platform with Yadav at the function. Nitish Kumar, they said, is likely to suspend Yadav in an attempt to checkmate him.

But now that Sharad has raised a bogey of revolt against Nitish, the veteran parliamentarian runs the risk of being isolated and eventually thrown out of the JD (U) much like his predecessor George Fernandes.

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