Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Amit Shah officially invites Nitish Kumar to join NDA

Amit Shah officially invites Nitish Kumar to join NDA

Today's development came a day after Nitish met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in the capital, and remarked that Yadav was "free to take a decision".

The Janata Dal-United president Nitish Kumar on July 26 snapped ties with the Grand Alliance of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress.

The JD (U) has two MPs in the Lok Sabha and nine in the Rajya Sabha, which is very crucial for the BJP, considering it is in the minority in the Upper House.

Having rebelled against JD (U) chief Nitish Kumar's decision to swap "secular" alliance for BJP, Sharad Yadav is likely to host the next big gathering of the opposition after it chose to launch a joint campaign against the ruling party.

On Friday night, JD (U) Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari, who was critical of the party's alliance with the BJP, was suspended from its parliamentary party for attending a meeting of opposition parties convened by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

He said Mr Yadav had already chosen a path which "leads to the RJD".

"When we are together in government in Bihar it is only natural that our party joins the Union government", he said.

Speaking to this newspaper, JDU secretary general K.C. Tyagi said that the decision to remove Yadav was taken as he was involved in anti-party activities.

Taking at dig at Sharad Yadav, Paswan said the JD (U) leader believes that a party having him was "krantikari" (revolutionary) and without him was "sarkari" (government's). In his statement a few days back he said that the mahagathbandhan was formed for 5 years, Nitish has broken the trust of 11 crore people of Bihar by breaking the alliance and joining hands with foes disguised as friends. "People's mandate was against the BJP-led NDA", he said. Keeping a track of all the actions of Sharad Nitish and JD (U) are clear that Sharad is going against the party and will soon move to a split in the party.

In reply to this Nitish Kumar remarked that Sharad Yadav is free to decide who he wants to join.

"There is no question of leaving the party (JD-U)".

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