JD(U) joins NDA, hints at ac­tion against Sharad

Sharad Ya­dav was in­vited for the JD (U) na­tional meet, but went ahead with his rebel con­ven­tion

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - ANAND ST DAS @ Patna

Patna: Weeks af­ter dump­ing the RJD and Congress and form­ing the gov­ern­ment in Bi­har with the BJP, the Ni­tish Ku­mar-led JD(U) on Satur­day for­mally joined the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance that is in power at the Cen­tre. Is­su­ing a vir­tual warn­ing to JD(U) rebel leader Sharad Ya­dav, party gen­eral sec­re­tary KC Tyagi said no stern ac­tion has been taken against Sharad, but if he at­tended RJD’s Au­gust 27 rally, he would be cross­ing the “Lax­man Rekha”.

AS ex­pected, the Ni­tish Ku­mar fac­tion of the JD(U) for­mally be­came part of Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance (NDA) on Satur­day with the party unan­i­mously adopt­ing a res­o­lu­tion to that ef­fect at its na­tional ex­ec­u­tive here.

The JD(U) na­tional ex­ec­u­tive met at the res­i­dence of chief min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar while a par­al­lel con­ven­tion was held by JD(U) rebels led by Sharad Ya­dav at an au­di­to­rium in Patna. Ya­dav and sev­eral rebel lead­ers at­tended the con­ven­tion amid rum­blings of a vir­tual split in the party.

“The JD(U) is a part of the NDA from to­day,” the party’s na­tional gen­eral sec­re­tary and Ni­tish Ku­mar loy­al­ist K C Tyagi said af­ter the meet­ing. He went on to rub­bish the rebel camp’s claim that it has the sup­port of 14 state units of the party who, ac­cord­ing to the Sharad Ya­dav fac­tion, are op­posed to Ku­mar’s de­ci­sion to form a gov­ern­ment in al­liance with the BJP.

Tyagi said all wings of the party in Bi­har and the state units “fully sup­port” the de­ci­sion to sever the al­liance with the RJD and the Congress and join the rul­ing BJP-led Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance.

“All 16 state units of the party, ex­cept the Ker­ala unit are with Ni­tish Ku­mar. All 71 MLAs of the party in Bi­har and the 30 MLCs are with Ni­tish Ku­mar. There is ab­so­lutely no split in the party,” said Tyagi.

He said Ku­mar tele­phoned Ya­dav to in­vite him to the na­tional ex­ecu- tive meet­ing “but yet he (Ya­dav) de­cided to hold his par­al­lel con­ven­tion in Patna the same day. It is un­for­tu­nate.

“He is a very se­nior leader with a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the So­cial­ist ide­ol­ogy. It is un­for­tu­nate that he is be­ing seen with the RJD, which sym­bol­ises cor­rup­tion. We have no ha­tred for Sharad Ya­dav nor did we ob­ject to his ‘San­jhi Vi­rasat’ pro- gramme in Delhi.”

De­liv­er­ing a sting, Tyagi added, “Con­sid­er­ing his se­nior­ity and long as­so­ci­a­tion with the party, we have not taken any stern ac­tion against him so far. If he at­tends the RJD’s rally on Au­gust 27, that will be cross­ing the Lax­man Rekha.”

Tyagi rub­bished the par­al­lel ‘Jan Adalat’ con­ven­tion ad­dressed by Ya­dav and the JD(U)’s sus­pended Ra­jya Sabha MP Ali An­war at SK Me­mo­rial Hall say­ing, “It was not a JD(U) con­ven­tion be­cause slo­gans con­demn­ing Ni­tish Ku­mar and hail­ing Lalu Prasad Ya­dav were chanted by their sup­port­ers.”

While the JD(U) na­tional ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing was go­ing on at Ku­mar’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence, dozens of RJD sup­port­ers had a mi­nor clash with JD(U) sup­port­ers out­side. Po­lice in­ter­vened and con­trolled the sit­u­a­tion.

The JD(U) has re­turned to the NDA af­ter four years. Ku­mar had walked out of the al­liance in 2013, end­ing a 17-year-old part­ner­ship with the BJP in protest against Naren­dra Modi’s el­e­va­tion as chief of the BJP’s cam­paign com­mit­tee for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

PTI

Bi­har chief min­is­ter and JD (U) na­tional pres­i­dent Ni­tish Ku­mar and other party lead­ers af­ter pass­ing the res­o­lu­tion to join the NDA dur­ing a meet­ing in Patna on Satur­day |

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