Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Janta Dal (United) To Decide On Joining NDA On August 19

Janta Dal (United) To Decide On Joining NDA On August 19

According to JD-U sources, the decision to remove Sharad Yadav from the party post has been communicated to the Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

Chief Amit Shah on 12 August announced that he has extended an invitation to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of joining the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The party is going to have a committee meeting on August 19 that will take the final decision, Singh said.

Reasoning out the whole drama, Nitish Kumar reiterated that he quit the "grand alliance" in Bihar for the development of the state.

He also played down reports of a likely tussle among Bihar NDA allies over distribution of seats as the entry of the JD (U) in the alliance would affect claims of other parties, saying the Lok Sabha poll was far away and the grouping was like a "family".

Kumar pulled out of the opposition Congress-party led United Progressive Alliance and formed a coalition government with the BJP in Bihar, following corruption allegations on his then Deputy Chief Minister, who belonged to former ally Rashtriya Janata Dal.

The JDU had also suspended its Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari from the upper house of the Parliament after he attended an opposition meeting organised by the Congress President Sonia Gandhi. He made it clear that the JD (U) has already chose to align with the BJP.

Rejecting Ansari's allegations as baseless, K C Tyagi, Nitish's aide in Delhi, said the entire Bihar unit, including all MLAs, MLCs, national executive members, district committees members, and the party cadre, were with Nitish. "All of them are with Nitish Kumar", he said.

"We are the real one as we are still with the principles of the JD-U, but they have changed and become BJD-U", he added, in a jibe at the Nitish Kumar faction which has sided with the BJP to form the government in Bihar.

Just yesterday, Nitish had said that Sharad Yadav is free to go where he wants. A former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the UP cadre, he has been Principal Secretary in the Nitish Kumar government.

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