Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

U removes Sharad Yadav as leader of party in Rajya Sabha

U removes Sharad Yadav as leader of party in Rajya Sabha

The Bihar JD-U's state executive, party legislatures and all Bihar district presidents are with Nitish Kumar and have authorised him to take decisions in this hour of crisis, he added.

Today's development came a day after Nitish met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in the capital, and remarked that Yadav was "free to take a decision". "This party is not Kumar's alone but also belongs to me", said a seemingly defiant Yadav, a founder-leader of the party, who had merged his original Janata Dal with Kumar's Samata Party, in 2003, to form the JD (U).

In a first major action against rebel party MP Sharad Yadav, the JD-U leadership on Saturday replaced him by RCP Singh as new parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha.

Nitish had suspended one Rajya Sabha member, Ali Anwar Ansari, from the parliamentary party for attending a meeting of Opposition parties convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday. He also said that he is personally hurt by the move.

"When we are together in government in Bihar it is only natural that our party joins the Union government", he said. JD (U) is now part of NDA alliance in Bihar.

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Nitish could be made convenor of the NDA, a stature once enjoyed by George Fernandes and Yadav, according to JD (U) leaders.

The party has appointed MP Ramchandra Prasad Singh as a new leader in Rajya Sabha.

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

Miffed with Nitish, Yadav, is on a three-day tour to Bihar to hold "direct dialogue" with the people. A former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the UP cadre, he has been Principal Secretary in the Nitish Kumar government. A key leader behind the idea of the gathering said hopes were high that RJD, Trinamool Congress, DMK and National Conference among others would nominate members to attend the meeting. "If he keeps a different opinion, then he is free to do so", Kumar said.

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