BJP confident of Nitish 'neutralising' Sharad Yadav's revolt

Assam More than 3.5 lakh people affected in fresh wave of floods

Anuwar Hazarika Reuters

Party's move to replace senior leader Sharad Yadav in Rajya Sabha came after the leader started a rebellion against the JD (U) Chief and head on attacked him for abandoning the grand alliance and joining hands with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

The Janata Dal-United president Nitish Kumar on July 26 snapped ties with the Grand Alliance of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress. Asked if the party will join the Modi cabinet, a JD (U) leader said such a decision would be natural. "Any decision on BJP's offer to join the government at the Centre or Nitish Kumar becoming co-chairman of NDA will be taken after we formally join the alliance", he added.

"There is no question of leaving the party (JD-U)".

Action against Mr. Sharad Yadav for his opposition to the alliance is also likely as early as Saturday.

Sharad Yadav said "Jab hum Indira Gandhi se nahi dare aur unke khilaf khade hue, kisi aur se kaisa darna", he said. "He has just been replaced with RCP Singh [as party leader in the Rajya Sabha]". He also said the Congress president was trying to "interfere" in the JD (U)'s internal matters, he said.

A delegation of party's Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha members submitted a letter to vice president Venkaiah Naidu declaring Ramchandra Prasad Singh the party's new leader in the Rajya Sabha.

Hitting out at Kumar, Anwar said that people who brought the party to its glory were being "removed" from party posts.

Ansari said that everyone, be it opposition parties, social leaders or anyone with human values, should unite against the "divisive forces" (BJP and RSS).

"Yesterday (Friday) they suspended me from the parliamentary party".

Meanwhile, Sharad hit out at Nitish, saying the party is not Nitish's alone but belonged to him too. "We will fight till the end and go to the masses", said Ansari.

The JD (U) on Saturday affirmed that there is no split in the party, however, adding it's not hopeful of Yadav and Ali Anwar of attending the party meeting on August 19.

Man City spoils Brighton's EPL debut by winning 2-0
Hammond and Fox vow transition will be no 'back door' to EU