Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Sharad faction is real JD-U, says Ali Anwar, slams Nitish

Sharad faction is real JD-U, says Ali Anwar, slams Nitish

The Bhartiya Janata Party on Sunday hoped that Bihar chief minister and JD (U) president Nitish Kumar will manage the internal crisis of his party as senior party leader Sharad Yadav in no mood to join hands with BJP and wants restoration of Grand Alliance.

The JD (U) on Saturday affirmed that there is no split in the party, however, adding it's not hopeful of Yadav and Ali Anwar of attending the party meeting on August 19.

Anwar was suspended from the JD (U) parliamentary party for participating in the Opposition meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Meanwhile, in a war of words, Ansari attacked Nitish on Saturday for taking the "suicidal" decision of joining the BJP camp and said many JDU members were unhappy. "All the party legislators, leaders, who are close to the government for personal benefit are with Nitish, but leaders and workers close to the people are with me", Sharad said.

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Party sources said Nitish Kumar ordered the removal of Sharad Yadav from the post in view of his anti-party utterances.

Yadav, however, refused to comment on the development.

Miffed with Nitish, Yadav, is on a three-day tour to Bihar to hold "direct dialogue" with the people. "The Mahagathbandhan had a mandate of five years. Sharad-led faction is the real JD-U while the other one has become a "government JD-U" and Bharatiya JD-(U)", Ansari said while briefing mediapersons. He added that it was "shocking" that Mr Yadav was "cosying up" to RJD chief Lalu Yadav, against whom he fought "throughout his career".

At a press conference, he also lashed out at JD (U) rebel Sharad Yadav and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, saying the former was a leader without a base while Prasad was using secularism as a cover to hide his and his family's corruption. As of now, there is no such position in the NDA. An invitation to join the NDA was extended by BJP president Amit Shah when Nitish went to meet him in Delhi on Friday.

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