The Telegraph
Saturday , August 12 , 2017

Sharad no more JD(U) leader in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Aug. 12 (PTI): Sharad Yadav, the JD(U) leader who had opposed his chief Nitish Kumar’s alliance with the BJP last month, was on Saturday removed as the party’s leader in the Rajya Sabha.

Ram Chandra Prasad Singh, 59, will now be the leader of the Janata Dal (United) in the upper house of Parliament.

The members met Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to hand him a letter appointing Singh as the leader of the JD(U). Singh is a trusted lieutenant of Nitish, Bihar’s chief minister.

The JD(U) has 10 members in the Rajya Sabha. On Friday night, it had suspended its Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari from the parliamentary party for attending a meeting of Opposition parties convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Nitish had upset Sharad by walking out of the Grand Alliance of the JD(U), Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, and formed a new government with the Bharatiya Janata Party as his ally last month.

The Delhi-based Sharad, now on a tour of Bihar, has said he still believes he is a part of the Grand Alliance with the RJD and the Congress. The JD(U) is not just Nitish Kumar's party, but also his party, he has said.

Sharad,72, has also claimed that the “real” JD(U) was with him and the one with Kumar was 'sarkari' JD(U).

Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah said in a tweet on Saturday that he had invited Nitish to join the ruling National Democratic Alliance.

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