Sharad Yadav replaced due to anti-party activities: JD(U)

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

JD-U spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan confirmed the removal of Sharad Yadav to IANS. Indicating that he was not ready to toe the Nitish Kumar line, despite being outnumbered in the JD (U) by Kumar's supporters, Yadav said, "there are two JD (U) s in the state, one is sarkari (official) and another is janata's (of the people)".

Acknowledging Mr Yadav's seniority in the party, the JD (U) leader said, "Sharadji is one of the founding members of the party, but it pains us that the path chosen by him leads to our rival, the Rashtriya Janata Dal".

Senior Janata Dal-United (JDU) leader Ram Chandra Prasad (R.C.P.) Singh would be the new parliamentary party chief. 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. It was obvious since Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had not informed Sharad Yadav when he chose to tender his resignation and join forces with the BJP.

The political dais to centrestage "secular values" would follow what is turning into a complete divorce between Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav.

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Earlier, Sharaad Yadav made it clear that he is still with the Grand Alliance of the RJD and Congress and that the mandate was given to the Grand Alliance and not the BJP.

Meanwhile, Yadav said that he had sent party leader Ali Anwar, who has been suspended from the membership of the parliamentary party, to the meeting of Opposition parties on Saturday. The decision of the public was against the BJP-led NDA alliance.

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.

He added that this was not personal fight against Nitish Kumar but a fight of principles and to save democracy and brotherhood. We were ready to go there and put forth our views, but Nitish seems to be afraid of what we will say. The leaders standing with Nitish are threatening the other leaders who support me. "Kumar's decision to align with the BJP is unacceptable", Ansari said.

The JD (U) is expected to endorse a proposal to join the NDA in its national executive meeting in Patna on August 19.

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