Sharad says he is with Grand Alliance

Trevor Jackson
Августа 11, 2017

Making his displeasure with the decision of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to align with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clear, senior leader Sharad Yadav reiterated his faith in the "Gathbandhan" (Grand Alliance).

Yadav, who is on his three-day Jan Samvad Yatra, said, "We had formed the alliance with a mandate for five years, but it broke down in the midway that has disappointed lot of people". "In the 70 years of history, I can not find an example where two opposition parties have a common manifesto", he said.

"I was one of those who asked the people of Bihar to vote for the grand alliance".

Sharad Yadav is set to go on a 3-day public interaction programme to gauge voters' mood after 2 weeks of Nitish joining hands with BJP.

"The disintegration of Grand Alliance government in Bihar has broken the trust of 11 crore citizens of the state", Yadav said, pointing out the competing manifestoes that the Grand Alliance and the BJP-led NDAhad put during the 2015 polls. "The original JD (U), in association with secular forces, would form a government after next general election", he told the gathering, comprising of his supporters and RJD workers.

Yadav will visit almost eight to ten constituencies of Bihar from August 10 to 12 and will hold discussions. Yadav has been against breaking the grand alliance with RJD and Congress.

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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. Nitish Kumar, they said, is likely to suspend Mr Yadav, which will checkmate him.

JD (U) leaders, alarmed by Yadav's open defiance of Nitish Kumar, termed his statements as "anti-party activities" and hinted that disciplinary action against him, possibly his expulsion from the party, is being contemplated by the party's core group.

"Sarkari JD (U) is with Nitish Kumar while the original party is with me. I consider this as a responsibility", he said.

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

RJD MLA from Sonepur Ramanuj Prasad shared platform with Yadav at the function.

The national executive meeting of the JD (U) is scheduled on 19 August and a decision might be taken on Yadav before that. When party chief Bashishta Narain Singh was approached by The Indian Express to talk about the matter, he said it's a personal visit and the party doesn't have anything to do with it.

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