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Thursday , August 17 , 2017

Sharad lines up meets

New Delhi, Aug. 16: Sharad Yadav has decided to hold a "Jan Adalat (people's court)" - a parallel convention coinciding with the Janata Dal United's national executive on August 19 - in Patna and a congregation of Opposition leaders in Delhi tomorrow to "save the composite culture" of India.

While the proposed Patna event appears aimed at confronting party boss and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar head on over his decision to return to the BJP-led NDA, Sharad hopes to use the Delhi meeting to gain the support of Opposition leaders and emerge as a face on the national platform. The moves come two days after the JDU suspended 21 leaders considered close to Sharad.

Opposition leaders from the Congress, Left, Trinamul, Samajwadi Party, BSP and other parties are expected to attend tomorrow's " Sajha Virasat Bachao (Save the Composite Culture)" convention and slam the Narendra Modi government.

Sharad chose to remain tight-lipped on his Patna plans and issues related to his ongoing fight with Nitish. But leaders close to him said they had already booked the venue, Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna, for the "Jan Adalat" on Saturday.

Sharad is scheduled to attend the Patna event along with suspended JDU MP Ali Anwar Ansari and other leaders and supporters. "Our slogan will be ' Jan Adalat: Mahagathbandhan kayam hai, kayam rahega (People's court: The grand alliance is intact and will remain intact)'," a suspended JDU leader said.

All leaders opposed to Nitish's realignment with the BJP have been invited to the Patna event, where a resolution is likely to be passed against the chief minister's decision. Leaders close to Sharad said they were determined to fight Nitish's decision on all fronts. "We may not have enough MPs and MLAs but grass-root workers and the people of not only Bihar but the entire country are with us. We will continue to fight," said Ansari.

Today, Sharad said he was currently focusing on tomorrow's Delhi convention and refused to answer questions related to his removal as the Rajya Sabha leader of the JDU and other party matters. The veteran said he had personally spoken to all Opposition leaders and most of them would attend the event, seen as Sharad's show of strength against Nitish.

"Composite culture is the soul of the Constitution. It is being tinkered with. People are living in fear," Sharad said, adding intellectuals, farmers, unemployed youths, Dalits and tribals from across the country would also participate in the event.

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