One or two member can't divide us, says JD(U)

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

However, he said that Yadav has not been removed from the party.

With the JD (U) bracing up to the prospects of joining the NDA government at the Centre, the Cabinet expansion and reshuffle appear on the cards in immediate future.

Meanwhile, Amit Shah tweeted that he has invited JD (U) to join the NDA. He said Nitish Kumar was also in the process of issuing him a show-cause notice for questioning his decision to form a government with the BJP.

In what is being seen as punishment for his disapproval of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to re-join the BJP-led alliance, Sharad Yadav has been replaced by Nitish's close aide RCP Singh as the Parliamentary Party leader of the Janata Dal-United (JDU) in the Rajya Sabha.

Party's national general secretary KC Tyagi said, "Nitish Kumar himself will moot the proposal which will be passed unanimously". In a fresh move BJP President Amit Shah has given an open invitation to Bihar Chief Minster Nitish Kumar asking him to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). This is the first official communication between Nitish Kumar and the BJP, post the Nitish aligning with the BJP in Bihar.

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The cracks in JD (U) have now become so big that it would be impossible to save the structure.

During the previous NDA government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Samata Party leader George Fernandes was the convenor and later the baton was passed on to Sharad Yadav when the NDA remained in the Opposition. Sharad Yadav has called a conclave on "sanjhi virasat bachao" (save composite culture) at Constitution Club in the capital.

While the JD (U) has 10 members in the Rajya Sabha, including Yadav, two of them - Ali Anwar Ansari and M P Veerendra Kumar - have spoken out against Nitish. We will go to the people.

Ansari said that everyone, be it opposition parties, social leaders or anyone with human values, should unite against the "divisive forces" (BJP and RSS).

The party is going to have a committee meeting on August 19 that will take the final decision, Singh said.

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