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 a��United, senior leader Sharad YadavA�on ThursdayA�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,a�? said Sharad Yadav. a�? 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 Kumara��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 Vajpayeea��s cabinet, slammed Nitish forging ties with the BJP. He was in the home stateA�on ThursdayA�for the first time after the political uproar.

Yadav alleged that Nitisha��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 Vajpayeea��s cabinet. However, these speculations drowned after a few days.

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