Breaking his long kept silence over the Bihar fiasco, senior Janata Dal United (JD(U)) leader, Sharad Yadav on Monday said that the decision taken by CM Nitish Kumar was “unfortunate” and against the mandate given by the people of Bihar.
Speaking to the media outside the Parliament in the capital, Sharad Yadav said, “I don’t agree with the decision in Bihar, it’s unfortunate. The mandate by the people was not for this”.
The statement comes in the backdrop of speculations, rife within and outside the party stating Sharad Yadav’s disagreement with Nitish Kumar to break ‘grand alliance’ and then forming the government with Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) hours after he tendered resignation on July 26.
Earlier, senior JD(U) leader Ali Anwar and Veerandra Kumar also met Shard Yadav and expressed their displeasure over the decision.
“Nitish ji would have listened to the calling made by his soul, but my conscience does not allow me to support BJP,” said Anwar on Thursday as Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar CM for the 6th time.
Later talking to the media, Anwar said that Sharad Yadav was upset with Nitish Kumar for aligning with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar.
“None of the party office bearers were consulted before taking such a cruel decision. Sharad ji is upset and has said that he will take a decision after consultations with senior leaders in two days,” said Anwar.
Sharad Yadav is not interested in Bihar’s politics. He is simply restless: Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy pic.twitter.com/7LFgK5F9ja
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 31, 2017
The state of Bihar saw a major political upheaval after Nitish Kumar resigned from the post of CM alleging that the circumstances in the state weren’t allowing him to work properly.
Surprisingly, three hours within his resignation, Kumar claimed that his move was inspired by “conscience” as he couldn’t possibly support RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his son who was deputy CM, Tejashwi Yadav, following their being named in a CBI corruption case.
Following the outbreak, BJP extended support to JD(U) after which Nitish Kumar reclaimed his post after being sworn in a silent affair on Thursday in state Vidhan Sabha.
Shard Pawar’s reaction does not come as a major surprise as the leader, who was at the party helm until October last year has been a vocal critic quiet of PM Modi and his government’s policies.
Last Saturday, the leader said, “Neither black money slashed abroad returned, one of d main slogans of d ruling party nor anyone caught out of those named in Panama papers.”
Neither black money slashed abroad returned, one of d main slogans of d ruling party nor anyone caught out of those named in Panama papers.
— SHARAD YADAV (@SharadYadavMP) July 30, 2017
Commenting on the development plank often highlighted by the Modi govt, Sharad Yadav said that the though the government collects so many taxes from the public, yet the country has witnessed ‘zero’ development so far.
With him openly lamenting Nitish Kumar, it seems fair to say that the political slugfest in the state of Bihar is anything, but far from over.
Meanwhile, taking a dig at Sharad Yadav’s comment, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that he (Yadav) was not interested in Bihar’s politics and is simply restless at the moment.