Sharad Yadav embarks on 3 day public interaction programme

Marie Harrington
August 11, 2017

Sharad Yadav has openly expressed his disappointment over the prevailing situation in Bihar, especially with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar undoing the grand alliance and joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In contrast, JD (U) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was left red-faced after party's Gujarat MLA Chhotubhai Vasava claimed to have voted for Ahmed Patel, helping him win the cliffhanger. If he floats a new party or join Lalu, he may be able to save the so-called "secular" image he has carved for himself in the last three years in Upper House.

The veteran socialist leader added, "It is probably for the first time in country's 70-year-old democratic history that two parties or alliances, which fought against each other with separate manifestos, later came together with combined manifesto".

"I will visit eight to nine districts during my yatra to take feedback from people".

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

Without naming Nitish Kumar, Sharad Yadav said: "The decision to join hands with the BJP and form a government in Bihar was against the mandate given in the 2015 assembly polls against the BJP-led NDA". He said the people supported the grand alliance and expected a lot from it, adding that they are hurt with its withdrawal. "I still back the mahagathbandhan and stand with it".

These volleys are similar to the offensive launched against JD (U)'s leaders in Bihar against RJD leaders in the run-up to Kumar's decision to call-off the alliance with RJD and Congress.

Sharad Yadav will undertake a three-day tour of the state and interact with the people over the split in the alliance. However, RJD's support for Yadav was clear from the presence of several volunteers of the party on his route. "The mandate was received on the basis of zero tolerance towards corruption and the people of Bihar are happy with Nitish Kumar for not compromising with corruption of RJD", Sushil Modi said in a statement. Neeraj Kumar said that party's Muzaffarpur district unit has send a proposal to initiate disciplinary action against Ramai Ram. 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. Nitish ji has insulted the mandate given in favour of Mahagathbandhan of RJD, JD (U) and Congress for his own ambition and desire to remain in power.

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