JD(U) removes Sharad Yadav as Rajya Sabha leader

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Bihar JD (U) president Vashishtha Narayan has said that the move was necessary due to Yadav's recent actions.

Meanwhile, another JD (U) leader K.C. Tyagi said that Yadav's steps will result in rift within the party. "The original JD (U) in association with secular forces would form a government after next general election". Now, that Sharad has been removed the party's leader post in Rajya Sabha, he will have to sit in the back benches. In a tweet today, Mr Shah said, he met Mr Kumar yesterday and invited JD (U) to join the NDA. A former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the UP cadre, he has been Principal Secretary in the Nitish Kumar government. He has been told (by JD-U) that he is free now and he can leave the party. "If there is any shame left, Sharad Yadav should resign from Rajya Sabha", said JD (U) leader Ajay Alok.

"There is no question of leaving the party (JD-U). He is fighting a battle for his own political survival", said JD (U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar. "I am still with the public mandate and had sent Anwar to attend Sonia Gandhi's meeting so that a Bihar like alliance could be replicated in the country to defeat the BJP", he said.

On Thursday, Sharad Yadav had said that he was still with RJD, Congress-led Mahagathbandhan.

"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. The decision was not mine alone and it was taken with the consent of the party.

"We have the support of activists, students and other social leaders".

In reply to this Nitish Kumar remarked that Sharad Yadav is free to decide who he wants to join.

Speculation swirled over his remarks that the party could suspend him. We are not going to get cowed down by such threats.

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