Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Nitish Kumar likely to be NDA convenor

Nitish Kumar likely to be NDA convenor

Speaking at Madhepura in north Bihar, the former JD (U) chief said he continued to be a part of the mahagathbandhan or grand alliance that defeated the BJP in 2015 assembly elections in the state.

Ansari along with Yadav expressed differences with party President Nitish Kumar's decision to snap ties with the Grand Alliance of Congress and RJD and form a government in Bihar with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

On Friday as well, the Bihar Chief Minister had cracked down on JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav for going against the party's decision saying he should accept the party's decision or he is free to go wherever he wants. "He [Sharad Yadav] has not been removed from the JD (U)", party leader Vasishtha Narayana said.

Yadav remained unfazed, asserting that the JD (U) "belonged to him and not just to Kumar".

While Nitish confidants are sure that Yadav will avoid the August 19 meeting, his future course of action remains to be seen.Also, talks have been doing rounds that to bolster Nitish's stature in Bihar for future elections, he may be made the convenor or co-convenor of NDA, a position once enjoyed by George Fernandes and Sharad Yadav himself.

Reacting to his removal and his replacement by Ram Chander Singh in the Rajya Sabha, Yadav said that he doesn't take such matters seriously.

Besides the JD (U), Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress were in the three-party coalition. The JD (U) is also likely to get two berths in the Cabinet reshuffle that is round the corner.

Attacking Sharad Yadav who has planned a show of strength in New Delhi on August 17, Tyagi said, "Sharad Yadav has shot an arrow in the dark".

Hitting out at Bitish, Anwar said that people who brought the party to its glory were being "removed" from party posts. "I am not afraid of anyone as I stand by my principles", he added.

"Yesterday (Friday) they suspended me from the parliamentary party. We will fight till the end and go to the masses", said Ansari.

The Sharad Yadav faction on Sunday claimed that it has support of JDU's 14 state units, ahead of the party's national executive next weekend to formally join the NDA.

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