Nitish decision unfortunate, says Sharad Yadav

Tejashwi Yadav flays Nitish Kumar calls his former boss 'shameless'

Tejashwi Yadav flays Nitish Kumar calls his former boss 'shameless'

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who in one deft move last week severed ties with the Grand Alliance in Bihar and with the Opposition's dreams of a secular, united front to battle the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, made it clear that for now political advantage lies in aligning with Narendra Modi.

He also accused Nitish of being on Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) side from the very beginning of their alliance.

In his first remarks to the media since changing colours, Nitish Kumar launched a no-hold-barred attack on Lalu Prasad and said the floor-crossing was not pre-planned but the result of "utter frustration" with the RJD chief whose "huge arrogance" was the root cause of the break in the alliance.

"Nitish Kumar is self-obsessed and arrogant, if he thinks that he will remain chief minister forever, that is not going to happen", Tejashwi Yadav said.

Echoing similar sentiment, another JD (U) leader Arun Kumar said everybody in the party is concerned over the decision taken by the Bihar Chief Minister, including Sharad Yadav. A number of other JD (U) leaders are also believed to be unhappy with BJP alliance. The plea accuses Nitish Kumar for hiding details of a criminal case that was filed against him 1991.

The wily politician that he is, Yadav seems to have - for now - chose to stay within the JD (U) and act as the party's internal voice of dissent at least till a time when he is either won over by Kumar or can break away and join some other party or form his own. "It's unfortunate", Yadav said.

Top JD (U) sources told this newspaper that though the planning for the programme was at a nascent stage, Mr Yadav has discussed it with Opposition leaders like Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, whom he met within a day of the Bihar chief minister's decision to join the NDA. "Even Sharad Yadav is anxious about this", Kumar said. "The people of Bihar showed him his worth in 2010 (when RJD's strength was reduced to 22)", he said. "I have seen Sharadji closely for the past 40 years and know that he had parted ways with Lalu Prasad on the issue of corruption.How can he go with Lalu?" he asked. In case of the former government, 19 out of 28 (67.85 per cent) ministers had cases against them.

Meanwhile, in a boost to the fledgling JD (U)-NDA alliance dispensation in Bihar, the Patna High Court July 31 dismissed two PILs challenging the formation of a new government by Nitish Kumar, saying the court's intervention was no longer required after the floor test in the state Assembly. What " Tejashwi said in reference to Nitish's statement where he said he listened to the voice of his inner conscience and resigned. "The mandate by the people was not for this", the former JD (U) president told reporters outside Parliament.

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