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JD(U) replaces rebellious Sharad with Nitish’s man

| | New Delhi/Patna

The Janata Dal (U) on Saturday removed Sharad Yadav as its leader in the Rajya Sabha for “anti-party activities” and installed RCP Singh, a trusted lieutenant of party chief Nitish Kumar in his place.

The move to oust the veteran, outspoken and now rebel leader is against the backdrop of Yadav going public opposing the JD(U)’s decision to snap ties with the mahagathbandhan and ally with the BJP.

RCP Singh is a former IAS officer of UP cadre who resigned to join politics seven years ago. This is Singh’s second term in the Rajya Sabha.

Bihar JD(U) president Bashistha Narain Singh and party’s MPs met Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Venkaiah Naidu and handed him a letter appointing Singh as the leader of the JD(U) in the Upper House. Party officials said that Sharad, who was on a three-day tour of Bihar, was removed from the post due to his “anti-party activities”.

Differences between Nitish and Sharad surfaced after the former snapped ties with the Congress and the RJD, and allied with the BJP to form a new Government in Bihar last month. Sharad has opposed the party’s decision to ally with BJP, which has not gone down well with Nitish.

With this decision, the party has practically shown the door to its former president Sharad, who during his Bihar tour bitterly criticised Nitish saying the CM is only heading the “Sarkari” JD(U) while he himself was with the real JD(U) and in the grand alliance with the RJD and the Congress.

This was enough indication of his rebellion against Nitish but Yadav failed to garner enough support in the party and throughout his tour he was escorted by leaders and workers of the RJD.

When asked about his removal as leader of the Parliamentary Party, Yadav did not offer any comments. It is expected that Yadav is likely to chart out his course of action after his return to Delhi. His supporter and rebel Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar has already been suspended from the Parliamentary Party. Nitish had earlier indicated that Yadav was free to take his decisions following his rebellion against him. The JD(U) has 10 members in the Upper House including Sharad and Anwar.



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