As the rift between the two factions of JD(U) in Bihar is growing day by day, it is also affecting the political situations in other states.
The JD(U) in Bihar, after the break-up of the grand alliance between JD(U)-RJD and Congress and the formation of the new government in alliance with BJP, is diveded into two factions. One faction is led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the other is led by rebel party leader Sharad Yadav.
Sharad Yadav has claimed that the real JD(U) is with him and the JD(U) led by Nitish Kumar is selfish and only work for the Central government led by Narendra Modi. Recently the Yadav faction had named Gujarat leader Chottubhai Vasava as the working president of the party at a party meeting convened by Sharad Yadav on Sunday and 19 state unit presidents had attended the meeting.
As per the latest update the new working President, ahead of the Gujarat Assembly Polls due in Dec this year has indicated that the JD(U) may form an alliance with Congress and even join hands with Hardik Patel the Patidar leader. Gujarat, which is soon going to be poll-bound is witnessing a lot of changes in the political situation in the state.
BJP was confident enough to win the votes as Gujarat being the home state of the national face of the party, Narendra Modi. However, with the recent developments, the party seems to be worried about the support of the Patidars which comprise of at least 14% of the population and the other backward classes. Hardik Patel the leader of the Patidars is now openly criticising the ruling BJP in the state is not likely to join hands with the party taking away 14 % of the votes also with him.
Other than Hardik, another OBC leader Alpesh Thakor is also getting prominent in the politics in Gujarat and is most probably like Hardik will support the Congress.
Chottubhai Vasava in New Delhi while addressing a news conference on Monday said that the real JDU will form an alliance with the Congress and the Left Parties and also invite the Patidars to form a new electoral tie-up against the BJP before the assembly polls due later this year. “we, the real JDU will ally with the Congress and also other parties like the Left. We will also try to have a tie-up with Hardik Patel,” he said.
Meanwhile, the JD(U) under the leadership of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and NCP leader Praful Patel are trying to woo in the Patidar leader Hardik Patel on their side.