Rajya Sabha members from the Janata Dal United today removed Sharad Yadav as leader of JDU, citing “anti-party activities” by the senior leader as the reason behind the dismissal.
Bihar JD(U) president Vashishtha Narayan emphasized on the importance of the decision and said – “The move was important due to Yadav’s recent actions. It was a necessary step because being a leader, if a person indulges in anti-party activities, it has to be condemned unanimously.”
The MPs met Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to hand him a letter appointing RCP Singh as the leader of the JD(United) in the Upper House.
Singh is believed to be a trusted lieutenant of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
A 1984 batch IAS officer from the UP cadre, Singh took voluntary retirement from the civil services in 2010 to join the JD(U). If sources are to be believed, Singh was the one who came up with the idea of a grand alliance ahead of the Bihar Assembly election in 2015.
The news of differences between Kumar and Yadav started to make the rounds soon after Nitish Kumar and allied with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar and snapped ties with the Congress and the RJD.
Earlier, JD(U) has suspended its Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari from the parliamentary party for attending a meeting of Opposition parties convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Meanwhile, Sharad Yadav is on a three-day tour of Bihar to connect with the people of the state. He had openly criticized JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar’s, saying he had betrayed 11 crore people by joining hands with the BJP.
He was quoted saying, “I stand with the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance). Sarkari JD(U) is with Nitish Kumar, while the original party is with me.”