Janta Dal United patriarch and MP Sharad Yadav finally broke his silence on Nitish Kumar aligning with the BJP in Bihar and termed turn of events as “unfortunate”. Speaking to media outside Parliament, Yadav described claimed the mandate given by the people was being violated.
“I don’t agree with the decision in Bihar, it’s unfortunate.The mandate by the people was not for this,” he said.
According to reports, the senior party leader is upset with Nitish breaking the grand alliance with the RJD and Congress.
In the past few days, Yadav has been meeting several opposition leaders at this residence in Delhi. He is learnt to have told them that he was “deeply pained” with Nitish breaking ranks and entering into an alliance with the BJP at a time when Opposition unity was needed the most.
Meanwhile, Congress Party on Monday welcomed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's intention to invite Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) co- founder and leader Sharad Yadav to take part in the fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
"News has come from various mediums of Sharad Yadav being unhappy with what Nitish Kumar has done. Any self-respected person would be unhappy with the same. Lalu Yadav's statement is worth welcoming. If he (Lalu) has plans to unite different forces against BJP, which has communal mentality and plays divisive politics then are is welcoming," Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI.
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal spoke on the same lines, opining that it looked as if there was an attempt by the JD (U) to vanish Sharad Yadav's existence.
He further stated that Sharad Yadav's tweet exhibited that he is not happy with Nitish's decision.
"The investigation launched against Lalu with the intention of revenge makes it natural for him to initiate some or the other action. Whatever Sharad Yadav has tweeted, it indicates that he is not happy with Nitish Kumar's decision. Nitish Kumar took the decision without consulting Sharad Yadav, who is a senior person. Looks like, there is an attempt to end Sharad Yadav's existence by the JD(U)," Agarwal told ANI.
"Nitish has tarnished the image of Ambedkar. I urge Sharad Yadav, whom we consider as a true leader, to travel to every corner of the country and come to Bihar and join our fight against the BJP and Nitish Kumar," Lalu had said.