I founded JD (U), will not leave party: Sharad Yadav

I founded JD (U), will not leave party: Sharad Yadav

Amid factional feud in the party that erupted after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar broke away from the Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP, the JD (U) today suspended 21 leaders from the state over anti-party activities.

The Janata Dal-United president Nitish Kumar on July 26 snapped ties with the Grand Alliance of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress. The senior JD (U) leader, who has spoken out against Nitish's decision to realign with BJP, did not elaborate on his next course of action, but said he had called a meeting of some JD (U) leaders from across the country later this month.

He also declared to donate his eye on the occasion and hoped that the government would be able to implement the second round of reforms in the health sector so that people will not have to go outside for treatment.

BJP chief Amit Shah has invited Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to rejoin the NDA. Bihar's 11 crore people voted for the general elections in the 2015 assembly elections for five years. Hopeful of success, at least to the extent of causing a split, Arun Shrivastava said, "We are not leaving the party".

He said Mr Yadav had already chosen a path which "leads to the RJD".

Sharad Yadav had also claimed that the real JDU was with him and the one with Nitish Kumar was "sarkari" JDU. "JD-U sirf Nitish Kumar ki hi party nahi hai, yeh meri bhi party hai", Sharad Yadav said on the last day of his three-day Samvad Yatra to meet people and interact with them.

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During his visit to the national capita on Friday, Kumar had virtually shut the door on any reconciliation with Yadav, saying he is free to take any decision as the alliance with the BJP had the entire party's nod. But suspensions do not affect these MPs' tenure unless they quit the JD (U) on their own.

JD-U spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan confirmed the removal of Sharad Yadav to IANS.

He said it was Yadav who headed the party before Kumar had merged his Samata Party with it.

Ansari said the faction led by Nitish has become a "government JD-U". "I have given my blood and sweat to establish this party".

The Janata Dal-United on Saturday removed party leader Sharad Yadav as chief of its parliamentary party.

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