The Janata Dal (United) has decided to remove rebel Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav as the leader in the House. The decision comes in the wake of Sharad Yadav revolting against Nitish Kumar after he joined hands with the BJP to form government in Bihar.
Announcing the party decision, Bihar JD(U) president Vashishtha Narayan Singh said, "We met Vice President (Venkaiah Naidu) and gave in writing that we have elected RCP Singh as our leader in the Rajya Sabha."
The move comes amid a rift within the party following Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar’s move to form the government in the state in alliance with the BJP.
"He (Sharad Yadav) hasn’t been removed, we are just replacing him with RCP Singh. It was important due to Yadav’s recent actions,” Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.
"It was a necessary step because being leader if a person indulges in anti-party activities it has to be condemned unanimously.”
He further confirmed that Yadav will be replaced by Bihar MP R C P Singh. "Met Vice President and gave in writing that we have elected R C P Singh as our leader in Rajya Sabha," Narayan said.
Yadav's replacement is the latest action being taken against JD(U) members who had expressed disapproval of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's decision to walk out of the grand alliance and form government with the BJP. Nitish also suspended MP Ali Anwar from the parliamentary party group on Friday for participating in the meeting of Opposition parties convened by former alliance partner Congress.
Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday revealed that he has asked Nitish Kumar to join the NDA government. On Twitter, Shah said that in a meeting with Kumar at his residence in New Delhi yesterday, he invited him to join the ruling government. "Met JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar yesterday at his residence. I invited him to include JD(U) in the NDA fold,” Shah tweeted.
Sharad Yadav is touring parts of Bihar in what he called Jan Samvad Yatra. During his public meetings, Sharad Yadav has criticised Nitish Kumar for "betrayal of mandate" in the state. Sharad Yadav claimed that the people of Bihar voted in the last Assembly election to keep the BJP out of power for five years. By walking out of the grand alliance with the RJD and the Congress, and joining hands with the BJP, Nitish Kumar has acted against the wish of the people, Sharad Yadav said.