Has Nitish Kumar left veteran leader Sharad Yadav out in cold?

New Delhi: Till now Sharad Yadav was maintaining a stoic silence when Bihar CM Nitish Kumar decided to leave the 'Mahagathbandhan' to go back to his old love BJP. But now JD-U veteran has decided to make his dipleasure public,"The mandate by the people was not for this." He was clearly referring to the last Bihar Assembly elections that voted in the 'grand alliance' and where RJD emerged as the single largest party.

As reported by ANI he said on Monday that he "does not agree with" Nitish's decision and called it "unfortunate".
The veteran politician tweeted: "Neither black money slashed abroad returned, one of d main slogans of d ruling party nor anyone caught out of those named in Panama papers."

Much is being read between the lines in the political circles and things further got interesting when RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav invited him to lead the campaign against BJP in the state. 

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday met JD(U) veteran Sharad Yadav, amid indications that he may come out openly against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to ally with the BJP.

Azad and Yechury drove to Yadav's residence for talks on a day Kumar, who is also the JD(U) chief, proved his majority in the Bihar Assembly, a day after he was sworn in.

What transpired during their meeting was not immediately clear but sources said the former JD(U) president is "deeply unhappy" with Kumar's return to the NDA fold. He was also said to be upset over not being taken into confidence by Kumar before he decided to align with the BJP.

A JD(U) source said the swiftness with which Kumar sealed the tie-up with the BJP within hours of walking out of the 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) of the RJD, JD(U) and the Congress on Wednesday evening, showed that it was a "pre-decided deal".

"Sharad Yadav had been working to forge a grand alliance of opposition parties at the national level. He feels totally let down by Kumar's move," a leader close to him said.

Two Rajya Sabha members, Ali Anwar and M P Veerendra Kumar, have gone on record against Kumar's decision. Yadav is the party's leader in the RS where it has 10 MPs.

However, if Yadav does move against Kumar, the road ahead for him remains unclear. Sources said he does not have enough support to split the party and the vote in the Bihar assembly has shown that its MLAs are firmly behind Kumar.

Several groups of university students also met Yadav at his residence, urging him to not join the NDA and be part of a "secular" grouping.

News24Bureau with Agencies