Is JD(U) split inevitable, Sharad Yadav indicates so...

New Delhi: Is JD(U) heading for a split? The indications are loud and clear when he said, "If the alliance has broken, the trust of people has also broken." Patry sources have revealed on Thursday afternoon, "JD(U) can take disciplinary action against senior party leader." The indication was clearly towards JD-U party veteran Sharad Yadav. WIll Nitish Kumar sack Sharad Yadav?

A showdown is expected at the “Jan Samvad”, or mass contact programme in 10 districts of Bihar.

 

JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who has voiced displeasure over the split in Bihar's Grand Alliance, had met some party office bearers where he discussed the development even as an aide said the veteran leader could float a new party.

Sources said after the meeting where some general secretaries were present that he would take a call on the future direction he would take around the time when the JD(U) national executive meets in Patna on August 19.

Although Yadav has voiced his displeasure over JD(U) walking out of the Grand Alliance and embracing BJP to form a government in Bihar, he has refrained from attacking party president and chief minister Nitish Kumar so far.

He has called a meeting under the banner of 'Sajhi Virasat' (common heritage) on August 17 to which leaders of various opposition parties will be invited, sources close to him said.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel today expressed his gratitude towards JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, whose party had supported the BJP but its lone MLA voted for Patel in the Rajya Sabha poll.

MLA Chhotu Vasava is known to be close to Yadav, a former party chief. His vote proved crucial in Patel's win as he got 44 votes, the minimum number required to win with the first preference votes.

The JD(U) had wanted Vasava to vote its new ally BJP and its leader K C Tyagi had said that he did vote for the party but the legislator later asserted that he had voted for Patel as he slammed his party president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the alliance.

"Thank you for your support Sharad ji," Patel tweeted.

His tweet came after Yadav congratulated him on his win "in spite of toughest hurdles".

Yadav had come out against Kumar's decision to ally with the BJP.

News24Bureau with Agencies