Sharad Yadav takes the people's route to defy Nitish Kumar

Kristopher Drake
August 11, 2017

"The path that Sharad Yadav has chosen leads to the RJD", said KC Tyagi today, pointing out that Mr Yadav has not once commented on the corruption charges against Lalu Yadav and his family that led Nitish Kumar to end their alliance.

During the assembly elections in 2015, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav along with Congress party had formed a Mahagathbandhan to keep BJP out of power in Bihar.

Along with his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav, former Bihar Health Minister, who is also part of the yatra, Tejashwi Yadav invited people to attend RJD's August 27 rally in Patna against the BJP to show their unity. "In the 70 years of history, I can not find an example where two opposition parties have a common manifesto", he said.

"The agreement of Gatbandhan (Grand Alliance) was for five years which has been broken.I am hurt by this".

George, who too turned a rebel after being mentor of Nitish since Samata Party days, was replaced by Sharad as the JD (U) chief.

Rift in JD (U) has been evident ever since Nitish Kumar announced breaking up of mahagathbandhan and joining BJP to form new government in Bihar.

The 70-year-old Yadav, now a sitting MP of JD (U) in Rajya Sabha, reached Patna amid a rousing welcome by hundreds of his supporters-both JD (U) and RJD workers.

"Sharad Yadav's visit to Bihar is his personal initiative". He added that he was still with the Mahagathbandan (Grand Alliance). Sources said one of the options with JD (U) national president Nitish Kumar is to suspend Sharad as JD (U) leader in Rajya Sabha and also suspend him from the party.

"I would just like to say that I still stand with the mandate and am going to meet a few friends from the Janata Dal", he added. Even on way to Muzaffarpur, he was received by Sonepur RJD MLA and other RJD leaders at different places. However, by continuing to remain in JD (U) and attack Kumar's decisions, Yadav risks losing the little political capital he has been left with in Bihar.

"These things would be deliberated upon during JD (U) National Executive meeting at Patna on August 19", Tyagi said.

Another spokesman Neeraj Kumar warned Sharad and said, "Party is always stronger than a leader".

"A vote is trust, promises made to people are a trust and if that trust breaks democracy will ruin", said Yadav.

While a large number of RJD functionaries welcomed Sharad at Patna airport this morning, former state minister Ramai Ram was the only JD (U) functionary present there with a handful of party activists.

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