Sharad Yadav faction to approach EC over JD-U symbol

Senior JD leader Sharad Yadav. DH File

The formal decision paved the way for the party to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet, four years after it walked out of the BJP-led NDA.

Days after he was removed as the party's leader in the Rajya Sabha, former Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said that people are "living in fear" and the Constitution of the country is being "tinkered with". He claimed Yadav had always taken a stand against Nitish, "whether it is on demonetisation, surgical strikes and women's reservation". Meanwhile, the supporters of Sharad Yadav were protesting outside. "You were the president of the party at that time", he said. Although the Sharad Yadav faction could not get any support from party leaders, including MLAs, in Bihar, it has also called a meeting of party workers in Patna on August 19.

The move comes weeks after Kumar broke ties with the Grand Alliance parties, Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), in the state and re-formed the government with the support of the BJP.

Kumar recounted several episodes to highlight the "political respect" shown by him to Yadav.

Asked about "Jan Adalat" which would also be attended by Yadav, Tyagi said it is not an official programme of the party. "Sharad Yadav is invited, he can come and discuss the issues to sort out differences but he shouldn't attend the programme called Lalu Yadav", said KC Tyagi, senior leader of JD (U) who is in Patna for the meeting.

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He also hit out at Lalu and the RJD for levelling various allegations against him after the break-up. Mr Kumar said that "those who say that the JD (U) has no mass base are misinformed, as any party the JD (U) sides with wins during elections".

Tyagi refused comments on the possibilities of JD (U) joining the Modi ministry. Following Kumar's break up with the grand alliance, the party has witnessed opposition from many of its members. "For this, we have to strengthen the organisation further", Shah said.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has levelled a series of corruption allegations against Lalu and his family. He said that power was given to JD (U) for 5 years. "This is not the JD (U) meet".

"And those 22 seats were won when Ram Vilas Paswan was with you". Kumar had dumped grand alliance on July 26 and joined hands with the BJP-led NDA to form a new government.

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