Sachchidanand Jha

Patna : With Bihar JD(U) president Bashistha Narayan Singh, MP,  declaring former party president Sharad Yadav’s four-day visit to the state starting from August 10, 2017, as his `personal trip’, the party clearly appears to be in turmoil and possibly heading towards split. Singh said that the JD(U) has nothing to do with Sharad Yadav’s visit. The JD(U) is holding its national executive meeting at Patna on August 19.

Sharad has openly opposed JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar’s decision to form government with NDA support on July 27, 2017, after resigning as the chief minister of Grand Alliance (GA) government on July 26. The GA comprised JD(U), RJD and Congress. Two more JD(U) Rajya Sabha members have opposed Nitish’s decision to join hands with the BJP even as he had used to talk about `Sanghmukta Bharat’.

Sharad will visit Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, Supaul, Madhepura and Saharsa during his stay in Bihar. His visit to Muzaffarpur coincides with Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly and RJD MLA from Raghopur in Vaishali district Tejaswi Yadav’s visit to the place in connection with his `Janadesh Yatra’. RJD chief Lalu Prasad is clearly enjoying Nitish’s discomfiture and claimed that the GA was still in existence with Sharad Yadav group in JD(U) still being a partner. The RJD is tacitly supporting Sharad in his fight against Nitish.

The JD(U) on August 9 removed party general secretary in Gujarat Arun Kumar Srivasav, considered close to Sharad, from his post after the lone party MLA in Gujarat Chhotubhai Basava voted for Congress candidate Ahmad Patel in the Rajya Sabha poll on August 8 ensuring his victory by one vote. Sharad, on the other hand, will hold discussion with party workers to assess their mood during his stay in Bihar.

There have been visible signs of differences between Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar ever since the latter started supporting NDA government policies including demonetisation, surgical strike in PoK and GST besides extending support to NDA candidate in the presidential poll Ram Nath Kovind, a former Bihar governor. Sharad Yadav had criticised CBI raid at former CM Rabri Devi’s Patna residence on July 7, 2017. The CBI had on July 5, 2017, made Lalu, Rabri and Tejaswi Yadav and others named accused in land for hotel scam. Sharad’s main problem is that he does not have any base in Bihar.



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