ShaRad ya­daV’S ShOW On fRI­day

The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

Ex­pelled Janata Dal (United) Ra­jya Sabha leader Sharad Ya­dav is ea­gerly wait­ing for the Kar­nataka As­sem­bly elec­tions hal­lag­ulla to fin­ish with count­ing of votes on 15 May. Ya­dav is busy these days to en­sure a big po­lit­i­cal rally at the Talkatora In­door Sta­dium on Fri­day, 18 May. It is ex­pected that a new po­lit­i­cal party, Lok­tantrik Janata Dal, will be for­mally floated to fight against the Modi gov­ern­ment and the BJP, es­pe­cially in the north­ern states. Ya­dav has chal­lenged his ex­pul­sion from the House of El­ders in the Delhi High Court. Ya­dav and his party col­league Ali An­war had been dis­qual­i­fied from the Ra­jya Sabha and both were ex­pelled from the House by the Chair­man M. Venka­iah Naidu on the ba­sis of a pe­ti­tion filed by the party against them just be­fore the be­gin­ning of Par­lia­ment’s win­ter ses­sion in De­cem­ber 2017. The JDU, in its pe­ti­tion, had com­plained that Ya­dav and An­war had been in­dulging in anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties for a long time. Ya­dav had been at log­ger­heads with party boss and Bi­har Chief Min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar ever since the lat­ter broke ranks with the JDU-Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) grand al­liance and part­nered with the BJP in Patna in July last year. Talk­ing to The Sun­day Guardian, Ya­dav said that the JDU’s old work­ers had de­cided to form the Lok­tantrik Janata Dal. “They are feel­ing suf­fo­cated in the JDU. They need a ‘weapon’ to fight the un­holy nexus be­tween their party and the BJP.” Ac­cord­ing to him, a large num­ber of like­minded po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and work­ers across the coun­try are com­ing to­gether to es­tab­lish their new po­lit­i­cal body. The Lok­tantrik Janata Dal’s pres­i­dent will be Fateh Singh, a veteran leader from Ra­jasthan, where he has also served as a min­is­ter.

Sharad Ya­dav

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