Nitish joins hands with BJP: Bihar’s political scenario

Sharad Yadav removed as leader of JD(U) in Rajya Sabha

JD(U) MP Sharad Yadav. File photo   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

The Janata Dal (U) on Saturday removed senior member Sharad Yadav as leader of the party’s parliamentary group in the Rajya Sabha, and appointed R.C.P. Singh in his stead.

A letter to this effect was handed over to Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu by party MPs in the morning at his residence.

With this, Mr Yadav’s exit from the JD(U), a party he helped form, is almost certain, even though he has been invited to attend the party’s national executive meet on August 19.

Speaking to The Hindu, JD(U)’s Bihar unit chief and Rajya Sabha MP Bashishtha Narain Singh said the decision had followed a meeting of JD(U) MPs in New Delhi on Friday.

MPs meet Nitish

“Yesterday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was here and MPs met him both one-to-one and together. In those meetings they expressed concerns over the kind of statements being made by Sharad Yadav. When the party had decided to join the BJP and form a government with support from the party, then why was he opposing it,” Mr Singh said.

Mr Singh said thereafter the parliamentary party had met without Mr. Kumar.

“The parliamentary party decided that to stay in the party and to oppose its stand continuously only means that Sharadji has already chosen his path away from the party. That is why, the party cannot procrastinate any more on this matter as it will hurt the party, and decided that R.C.P. Singh would be the leader of parliamentary group in the Rajya Sabha. We have handed over the letter stating this to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the chairman of the Rajya Sabha,” he said.

Blames RJD influence

Mr. Singh said Mr. Yadav’s opposition to the JD(U)’s tie up with the BJP seemed to be because of the seeming influence of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad.

“Sometimes it happens that an individual leader is surrounded by others who continuously invoke a putative aura on the basis of his past, and obscure the fact about where he stands now, what his position is, just to mislead him. I believe that a person like Sharadji should have thought before taking this decision, which seems to be coloured by some mistaken sense of the past,” he said.

Very specifically, the JD(U) leader accused the RJD of being the force behind Mr. Sharad Yadav’s mass contact programme currently underway in Bihar. “He (Sharad Yadav) said it was his personal yatra, but it was organised by the RJD and attended by its cadre. It proves that there is a relationship between Sharadji and the RJD, so I feel he is getting ready for a new political role, which is the reason why the JD(U) had to take this stance today,” he said.

Mr Singh described as “natural” the suggestion made by BJP chief Amit Shah to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to join the NDA nationally, and said the party will take a decision on this at its meeting on August 19.

“In Bihar we are running a government with the BJP, led by Nitish Kumar, so this question arises in a very natural sort of way. There are, of course, procedures through which this can be effected. The Janata Dal (U)’s national executive is to meet on August 19 and has to ratify this and it’s quite possible that a resolution to join NDA could be passed there,” he said.

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jan 16, 2021 3:19:07 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/sharad-yadav-removed-as-leader-of-jdu-in-rajya-sabha/article19480114.ece

In This Package
You are reading
Sharad Yadav removed as leader of JD(U) in Rajya Sabha
‘I don't agree with the decision in Bihar,’ says Sharad Yadav
Nitish Kumar will find BJP of 2017 a tougher partner
High premium, doubtful returns
Nitish’s new team in the saddle in Bihar
Nitish Kumar wins Bihar trust vote 131-108
The shift in Bihar — on Mahagathbandhan break-up
When time comes, I’ll explain everything to people: Nitish Kumar
Nitish Kumar to face floor test in Bihar Assembly
Live updates: BJP backs Nitish, Tejashwi says RJD will stake claim
Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar CM, Privacy is a fundamental right, says Centre — top stories for today
Nitish Kumar: A tale of U-turns
Nitish to take oath as Bihar Chief Minister at 10 am
Lalu rules out son Tejaswi’s resignation as Deputy CM
Lalu Prasad
Nitish has slapped the people of Bihar, says Lalu
Modi and Nitish
Nitish Kumar’s decision need of the hour, says Modi
Bihar BJP chief terms Lalu, Mayawati bonhomie “drama”
Nitish-Sushil Modi team back at the helm of affairs in Bihar
No end in sight to Bihar crisis
Bihar mega alliance collapses, Nitish back with BJP
‘Those accusing Nitish of opportunism should question RJD’
Nitish cheated people of Bihar: Lalu
Mayawati accuses Nitish of betrayal
Former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejaswi Prasad.
RJD to move court against Bihar Governor's invitation to JD(U) to form govt.
High stakes in Bihar’s political battle
Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav
Lalu calls key meeting on Monday, Nitish a day after
‘Nitish will attend RJD rally, if invited’
Next Story