Sharad Yadav says part of Grand Alliance; Nitish may remove him

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In just about a fortnight since JD (U) president Nitish Kumar took his party out of the grand alliance in Bihar to join hands with BJP and stay on as chief minister, he is face to face with a revolt by the senior most party leader Sharad Yadav, pushing the party to the edge of a split. George was even denied Lok Sabha ticket in 2009 from Muzaffarpur, his bastion (from where he won three times since 1977), reportedly at the behest of Nitish whose writ runs in the party ever since Samata Party merged with the JD (U). Alok also lashed out at Srivastava, calling him a burden on the party who had only drained the party and had no stature to question Nitish Kumar.

Asked whether his trip amounted to "anti-party activity", Yadav, who is the leader of the party in the Upper House, said, "I do not want to make any comment". "Both the parties (BJP and JD-U) had contested against each other and had different manifestos".

"I will visit eight to nine districts during my yatra to take feedback from people".

The JD-U has distanced itself from Sharad Yadav's tour, with its state chief Vashisht Narain Singh calling it a "personal initiative".

Earlier, after Nitish Kumar had walked away from the Grand Alliance, Sharad Yadav had said it was a "betrayal" of the people's mandate.

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Yadav is set to kickstart his Jan Samvad Yatra today and will meet the people of Bihar to discuss the repercussions of the withdrawal of the grand alliance in the state.

Only one JD (U) leader from the state, former Bochahan MLA Ramai Ram, was among those who joined Yadav, following which reports emerged of several JD (U) leaders who support Kumar calling for action against Ram.

As veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel pulled off a dramatic midnight victory over BJP's Balwantsinh Rajput in the Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat, Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav tweeted a picture of him and Patel, congratulating the latter for his win.

On the last day, Sharad Yadav will meet the people of Madhubani-Supaul-Saharsa-Madhepur. I consider it a responsibility to maintain my stand.

"Sarkari JD (U) is with Nitish Kumar while the original party is with me. The man, who has made Lalu Prasad, Tejashwi and Misa Bharti as his icons, should also explain why he quit when he was charged in Hawala scam", the JD (U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar, considered a close Nitish aide, was unsparing in his attack on Sharad. "The people are hurt by recent happenings", he said. Sources said the JD (U) leadership could announce disciplinary action against Yadav on August 12.

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