RPC Singh replaces Sharad Yadav as the party leader in Rajya Sabha

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah Saturday invited Chief Minister of the eastern state of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, to join the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The invitation was extended to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a meeting of the two leaders. He told them of his displeasure and pain over Nitish Kumar's decision to break the Grand Alliance of JD-U, RJD and Congress and join hands with the BJP and form a new government. Kumar could take more action against Yadav and some other sulking leaders after the party's August 19 national executive meeting.

Party sources said no decision or deliberation had taken place over whether or not the JD (U) will occupy any berths in the Union Council of Ministers.

Reasoning out the whole drama, Nitish Kumar reiterated that he quit the "grand alliance" in Bihar for the development of the state.

Earlier in the day, the JD (U) replaced Mr Yadav with R.C.P. Singh as its leader in the Rajya Sabha.

On Friday, the party suspended Rajya Sabha member Ansari from its parliamentary board for attending an Opposition meeting called by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

Taking at dig at Sharad Yadav, Paswan said the JD (U) leader believes that a party having him was "krantikari" (revolutionary) and without him was "sarkari" (government's).

Speaking to this newspaper, JDU secretary general K.C. Tyagi said that the decision to remove Yadav was taken as he was involved in anti-party activities. "All the party MLAs and MLCs from Bihar are with us".

Ansari said the faction led by Nitish has become a "government JD-U".

"The agreement of 'gathbandhan' (grand alliance) was for five years which was broken.I am hurt by this".

Hitting out at Bitish, Anwar said that people who brought the party to its glory were being "removed" from party posts.

"He [Sharad] is free to take his decision". RJD supporters in large numbers along with some JD (U) workers had accorded reception to Yadav at Ramashish Chowk, Anjanpeer chowk in Hajipur in Vaishali district. Srivastava had opposed Nitish's decision to align with the BJP. "If he keeps a different opinion, then he is free to do so", Kumar said.

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