The war between senior JD-U leader Sharad Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has escalated with the former declaring today that he still stands with the Mahagathbandhan. Yadav took a contrary stand on party national president Nitish Kumar snapping ties with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress to form government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Yadav, who reached Patna for the first time after the political turmoil, slammed Nitish for forging alliance with BJP.
“In the last 70 years of Indian politics, I have never seen two rival alliances who fought elections on different manifestos coming together in the middle of the 5-year term. People of Bihar are hurt by the political development and now I am going to the people,” said Sharad Yadav.
Yadav said that the Mahagathbandhan during 2015 Assembly elections had forged an agreement with people to provide government for five years but Nitish’s change of stand has broken the trust.
“We had promised to respect the people’s mandate and like them, I am also hurt,” said an angry Yadav.
Yadav received a warm welcome at the Patna airport and most present were RJD leaders and workers. These Yadav supporters even chanted anti-Nitish slogans. “Jo Hitler ke chaal chalega, wo Hitler ki maut marega,” chanted Sharad Yadav’s supporters.
Former RJD MLC Ram Badan Rai, who was also present at the airport to greet the JDU leader, told India Today that Sharad Yadav has RJD’s backing. “Sharad Yadav has taken the right step by standing against Nitish Kumar. He has RJD’s support. We have all come to provide moral support to him,” said Rai.
Yadav will be travelling to over half dozen districts including Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Saharsa and Madhepura over the next three days to gauge the mood of the people before taking a final decision on his next political move.
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