Published On: Sat, Aug 19th, 2017

Nitish’s Janata Dal-U joins BJP-led National Democratic Alliance

Patna: The JD-U faction led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday joined the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the party’s national executive meeting here.

A resolution that the JD-U will join the BJP-led NDA was unanimously approved in the meeting

“A resolution that the JD-U will join the BJP-led NDA was unanimously approved in the meeting,” a senior party leader said.

According to the leader, Janata Dal-United General Secretary KC Tyagi moved the resolution, which was approved by all invited members.

However, a formal announcement in this regard has not been made.

“KC Tyagi will announce it formally at a press meet after the meeting is over,” the party leader said.

The meeting began at the official residence of Nitish Kumar, who is also the JD-U president.

Most of the JD-U leaders, including 70 party MLAs, two Lok Sabha MPs and seven Rajya Sabha MPs also participated.

It is a major decision in the party after Nitish Kumar last month dumped the RJD-Congress and joined hands with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar.

The JD-U now has two factions: one led by Nitish Kumar and the other by senior party leader and former party president Sharad Yadav whose faction is all set to approach the Election Commission to stake claim over the party symbol ‘arrow’, a party leader said.

“We will soon knock on the door of the Election Commission to stake claim over the party symbol ‘arrow’ and inform (people) that the real party is with him (Sharad), not with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,” senior JD-U leader Arun Srivastav, who is considered close to Sharad Yadav, said.

“The real JD-U belongs to Sharad Yadav and party units in different states across India are with him,” Srivastav said.

“It is Sharad Yadav who formed the JD-U, not Nitish Kumar,” said Srivastav, who was last week removed as the party’s General Secretary by JD-U president Nitish Kumar.

The JD-U last month split into two factions — one led by Nitish Kumar and the other by Sharad Yadav — after the Chief Minister dumped the Grand Alliance of RJD and Congress, and joined hands with the BJP to form a new government.

The Sharad Yadav-led JD-U is holding its Jan Adalat meeting at SK Memorial near historic Gandhi Maidan, a common man’s locality here.

According to former JD-U minister Ramai Ram, a Sharad Yadav supporter, his meeting is open for all.

Sharad Yadav is also likely to announce his decision to attend Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad’s “Desh Bachao BJP Bhagao” rally here on August 27.

The Nitish Kumar faction is holding a national executive meeting at his official residence. According to JD-U leaders, 70 MLAs, two Lok Sabha MPs and seven Rajya Sabha MPs attended the meeting.

JD-U leaders close to Nitish Kumar have repeatedly said the party would act against Sharad Yadav if he attends the RJD rally.

 

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