Patna, Aug 19, 2017: The Janata Dal (United) under Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s leadership is formally set to join the Bhartiya Janata Party-led NDA today.
The rival Janata Dal United (JD-U) factions headed by CM Nitish and former party president Sharad Yadav are holding parallel meetings.
While Nitish Kumar will be heading the national executive committee meeting of the JD(U) at his residence, party’s ousted leader Sharad Yadav, along with party’s Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari, will hold a ‘Jan-Adalat Sammelan’.
Amid slogans in his support and against Bihar CM Nitish, Sharad Yadav arrived in Patna today morning.
However, Nitish had invited Sharad to participate in the national executive meet but the latter announced to hold a parallel meeting instead.
Sharad’s close associate and Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar told media that they would not attend the meeting called by Nitish. He added that Nitish betrayed people’s mandate by forging an alliance with BJP against whom Nitish had got the mandate to rule Bihar during the 2015 Assembly election.
“Nitish might have the support of MLAs but we have the support of the party organisation. 138 party officials from different states will participate in our meeting. We are representing the real JD(U) and if needed, we will approach the election commission for this,” Anwar said.
On the other hand, JD(U) national general secretary Sanjay Jha, Nitish’s close aide, dismissed Sharad’s claims that the party is recognised as a regional party by the Election Commission. Party spokesman Ajay Alok warned that disciplinary action will be taken against leaders calling a parallel meeting.
Meanwhile, a poster war between the two warring sides is being witnessed in the Bihar capital. Huge hoardings of Kumar and Yadav have been put up across the city.
Earlier this week, the party suspended its 21 party leaders, including some former minister and former MLAs, for supporting former party chief Sharad Yadav during his three-day visit to the state.