RPC Singh replaces Sharad Yadav as the party leader in Rajya Sabha

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JDU rift wide open? Sharad Yadav congratulates Ahmed Patel for RS win despite 'toughest hurdles'

"When we are together in government in Bihar it is only natural that our party joins the Union government", he said.

Party sources said if Yadav, who has been invited to attend the national executive meeting, continues to speak against Nitish, he could be suspended soon. It was obvious since Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had not informed Sharad Yadav when he made a decision to tender his resignation and join forces with the BJP.

Nitish, however, swore-in as the Bihar Chief Minister the very next day with Sushil Modi as his Deputy Chief Minister.

Explaining his break up from the mahagathbandhan the JD (U), President, Nitish Kumar had alleged that corruption is seeping in and ruining the alliance through Lalu Yadav and his clan.

Sharad Yadav's removal from the party comes a day after another leader Anwar Ali was removed for attending a meeting called by Congress to form a strategy against BJP. "There are two JD (U) s in Bihar, one is sarkari (official) and another is janata (of the people)". As far as party is concerned, it has already taken its decision. Though the latter lacks a support base of the nature of other mass leaders, his stature as a senior leader from the Mandal camp is seen as a political asset which, coupled with the backing of other opposition parties, could provide ballast for their campaign in Bihar. The decision of the public was against the BJP-led NDA alliance. "Sharad Yadav should accept that Nitish Kumar has that power today and he does not have", Paswan said.

He added that this was not personal fight against Nitish Kumar but a fight of principles and to save democracy and brotherhood. We are not going to get cowed down by such threats. "Kumar's decision to align with the BJP is unacceptable", Ansari said.

JD (U) spokesperson KC Tyagi said the party will approve the proposal in the meeting in Patna.

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