Sharad Yadav says entire Opposition disappointed over alliance failure in Bihar

Casey Dawson
August 11, 2017

George was even denied Lok Sabha ticket in 2009 from Muzaffarpur, his bastion (from where he won three times since 1977), reportedly at the behest of Nitish whose writ runs in the party ever since Samata Party merged with the JD (U).

During the assembly elections in 2015, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav along with Congress party had formed a Mahagathbandhan to keep BJP out of power in Bihar.

Asked whether his trip did not amount to "anti-party activity", Yadav, who is the leader of the party in the Upper House, said, "I do not want to make any comment".

In case there is a formal breakaway, both the factions will have to approach the Election Commission to claim the party name and the symbol (arrow), just like the two factions of Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh ahead of Assembly elections in the state.

Yadav's visit to state, his first since the JD (U) broke away from the Grand Alliance to form a new government with the BJP, has sparked talks of a possible division in the JD (U).

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

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"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.

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. "It was the people of Bihar which wanted to check the rise of communal and casteist forces", Yadav added. He then left for Hajipur, where he addressed a public meeting and spoke against Nitish Kumar's decision to dump grand alliance partners RJD and Congress. 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. Sources said instructions have been issued to JD (U) functionaries not to participate in Sharad's yatra to avoid disciplinary action.

On the last day, Sharad Yadav will meet the people of Madhubani-Supaul-Saharsa-Madhepur. "I still back the mahagathbandhan and stand with it".

RJD MLA from Sonepur Ramanuj Prasad shared platform with Yadav at the function. "Congratulations to his boarding a sinking boat", said JD (U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar.

He said the people supported the grand alliance and expected a lot from it, adding that they are hurt with its withdrawal.

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