Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (not United): What Sharad Yadav aims to achieve?


"The mandate was in favor Mahagathbandhan and I am here to interact with people to know what they feel about the issue", JD (U) senior leader Sharad Yadav told reporters in Patna on Thursday.

"Sharad Yadav has constantly been questioning Nitish Kumar's decision, but hasn't once commented on the investigation against Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi", Mr Tyagi said, warning, "If he crosses the line, it will be unfortunate". "But Nitish betrayed voters which has made me very sad", Yadav said. "Both the parties (BJP and JD-U) had contested against each other and had different manifestos".

"I am still with the grand alliance".

But Yadav did not spare Nitish on his first day of visit signalling he is ready to face any action from the party.

Earlier, after Nitish Kumar had walked away from the Grand Alliance, Sharad Yadav had said it was a "betrayal" of the people's mandate. "People of the sarkari (official) Janata Dal have become the Chief Minister and Ministers in Patna and then there is the real Janata Dal among the masses", Sharad Yadav said at the first stop of his Bahujan Chaupal yatra in Sonepur, reported NDTV.

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Apart from Sharad Yadav, two JD-U Rajya Sabha MPs - Ali Anwar Ansari and Virender Kumar - have also voiced their opposition to Nitish Kumar's decision to join hands with the BJP. What Sharad Yadav is doing is against the party. Sharad has a couple of times expresses his disappointment on Nitish's decision of breaking the grand alliance. 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. "I continue to stand for the "gathbandhan"," he said.

Sources close to Sharad Yadav hinted that he may also attend RJD's "BJP Hatao Desh Bachao" rally scheduled to be held on August 27.

The national executive meeting of the JD (U) is scheduled on 19 August and a decision might be taken on Yadav before that.

Former Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav on Thursday started a three-day public interaction in Bihar during which he will visit seven districts, including Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Supaul, and Madhepura to meet people, including his supporters and mostly JD-U leaders and workers. He said, "The JD-U has nothing to do with it".

Yadav's show of defiance has triggered speculation that the party may take action against him, but a spokesperson rejected the suggestion. "The party is now not concerned whether he is with us or not", Neeraj added.