The disturbance in the political scenario of Bihar did not just stop at the break in the grand alliance and formation of the new government in alliance with Bihar, it still continues indicating a split in JD(U).
Former Chief and one of the foundation pillars of JD(U), Sharad Yadav is extremely disappointed and is feeling cheated at the decision of Bihar Chief Minister and the present Chief of JD(U) Nitish Kumar. Sharad is now openly showing his disapproval of Nitish breaking the alliance with RJD–Congress and joining hands with BJP by saying that he is still a part of the mahagathbandhan. He said that the grand alliance was formed for 5 years and Kumar has broken the trust of 11 crore people of Bihar by breaking it.
Apart from Sharad Yadav few other members are also not happy with Kumar’s decision but have not yet openly criticized it. It seems like two camps are formed in the party, one supporting Nitish Kumar and another supporting Sharad Yadav.
Senior JD (U) leader, KC Tyagi, who belongs to the CM’s camp, blamed Congress president Sonia Gandhi for creating a rift within the party. His allegations come after Sonia excluded Nitish and personally only invited Sharad to attend an all opposition party meet organised by her on Friday morning ahead of the last proceedings of the monsoon session for 2017. He said that “Sonia Gandhi ji by inviting the JD (U) to the opposition meeting today is trying to create a rift within our party.”
By now it is clear that Sharad is not interested in being a part of the new government formed in Bihar. Either he will resign from the party or Nitish will expel him, in any of the cases a split on the party is foreseen. Sharad will likely form his own party after his break up with JD(U).
According to the sources, JD (U) is likely to take disciplinary action against Yadav who is openly criticising the CM, the current party chief. Another rebel JD(U) leader Ali Anwar is also on the targets of the CM and may soon be expelled from the party for supporting Sharad. “We are aware of Anwar’s stand. He is involved in anti-party activities. We will act against leaders who go against our chief’s decision,” said VN Singh, a leader of the JD (U).
Meanwhile, amid the talks of a split within JD(U), RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has extended his support to Sharad Yadav saying that “Yadav ji is the founder of the JD (U). Kumar’s coronation was done by Yadav ji, so a son can’t challenge his father.”
Sharad further publicising his disappointment with Kumar is set out a three-day interaction programme across Bihar to speak to the voters and know their views about the breakup in the alliance and formation of new government.