The Janata Dal (U) on Saturday removed Sharad Yadav as leader of the party’s parliamentary group in the Rajya Sabha, and appointed R.C.P. Singh in his stead.
The MPs met Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to hand him a letter appointing RCP Singh as the leader of the JD(U) in the Upper House, the leader said. Singh is a trusted lieutenant of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The JD(U) has 10 members in the Rajya Sabha. It had last night suspended its Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari from the parliamentary party for attending a meeting of opposition parties convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Differences between Kumar and Sharad Yadav 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 Yadav, who is on a tour of Bihar, has said he still believes he is a part of the Grand Alliance with the RJD and the Congress. The JD(U) is not just Nitish Kumar’s party, but also his party, he had said. Yadav also claimed that the real JD(U) was with him and the one with Kumar was ‘sarkari’ JD(U).
Mean while in a recent development BJP president Amit Shah has invited Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar to join the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The invitation comes after the JD(U) joined hands with the BJP to form the government in Bihar after it walked out of alliance with Lalu Prasad’s RJD. Amit Shah has reportedly also offered the post of NDA’s co-convenor to Nitish Kumar.
“I met JD(U) president Nitish Kumar at my residence yesterday. I invited JD(U) to join the NDA,” Shah said in a tweet today.