Sharad Yadav Openly Criticizes Nitish; Declares His Support To Grand Alliance

The senior JD-U leader finally opened up and rebelled against the decision taken by Nitish Kumar and also declared that he would go with Mahaghatbandhan. Will the party split?

Patna: Proving openly that all is not well in Janata Dal –United, senior leader Sharad Yadav on Thursday declared that he would stand with the Mahaghatbandhan.

“In the last 70 years of Indian politics, I have never seen two rival alliances that fought elections on different manifestos coming together in the middle of the 5-year term,” said Sharad Yadav. ” People of Bihar are hurt by the political development, and now I am going to the people.”

This is totally paradoxical to what the national president of the party Nitish Kumar’s decision of snapping the ties with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and the Congress to form a government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Yadav, who was a civil aviation minister in Vajpayee’s cabinet, slammed Nitish forging ties with the BJP. He was in the home state on Thursday for the first time after the political uproar.

Yadav alleged that Nitish’s change of stand broke the trust of the people.”We had promised to respect the people’s mandate and like them, I am also hurt,” said agitated Yadav.

He was received by the RJD leaders and workers at Patna airport. His support raised anti-Nitish slogans.

Meanwhile, Sharad Yadav will be touring in half-a-dozen districts, including Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Saharsa and Madhepura to gauge the mood of people, before taking a final decision on his next political move.

When Nitish forged alliance with the BJP to form a government, there were speculations that Sharad Yadav would be given a cabinet berth at the centre, as he already worked in the Vajpayee’s cabinet. However, these speculations drowned after a few days.

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