Patna, Sep 13: Ruling party in Bihar Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Wednesday asked its rebel leader Sharad Yadav to join Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
A day after the Election Commission (EC) rejected Yadav’s claim over the party citing lack of documents, JD-U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said “Sharad Yadav should formally join the RJD and accept the party symbol Lantern as its own without any further delay”.
Neeraj Kumar stated to make existence in politics, the rebel leader has no other option except to join hands with the RJD, adding “Now, Sharad Yadav may also lose his Rajya Sabha membership soon.”
Launching potshots at Sharad Yadav, Kumar said he has become ‘uncle’ of Lalu’s family, who is under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax department scanner for their alleged corruption and benami property.
JD-U has time and again in last two weeks said that Sharad Yadav has “voluntarily” quit the membership of the JD-U by attending the RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s “Desh Bachao BJP Bhagao” rally here on August 27.
Yesterday, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu issued a notice to JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar to explain their stance regarding the party petition demanding their disqualification.
However, till date, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also serving as president of JD-U has not expelled Sharad Yadav, former party president despite warning that party would act against him if he attends the RJD rally.
The JD-U after allying with the BJP to form government in Bihar, split into “two factions”, one led by Nitish Kumar and the another by Sharad Yadav,
On August 12, JD-U removed Sharad Yadav as the party’s leader in Rajya Sabha.