Janata Dal (United) leader MP Veerendra Kumar today resigned from the Rajya Sabha, saying he did not agree with his party chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to join the NDA fold. Veerendra Kumar announced his resignation after handing in his papers to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
“Legally, I’m in Rajya Sabha as a member of Nitish Kumar’s party. I don’t agree with his stand dumping the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ and alingning with the Sangh Parivar and the BJP,” he said in a press conference at New Delhi.
On the recent Gujarat state elections, Veerendra Kumar said what happened in Gujarat was not a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The Gujarat election results were not a victory for Modi but, if anything, it suggests otherwise,” he said, adding that the opposition parties must evaluate the result in the coming days.
The rebellion in the JD(U) started after Nitish Kumar decided to break ranks with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress in Bihar and join the NDA in July.
Veerendra Kumar, a media baron from Kerala and the JD(U) state unit president, had last month announced his decision to relinquish his Rajya Sabha membership amid the political crisis gripping the party at the state-level.
JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar Ansari were recently disqualified as a member of the Upper House after Naidu agreed to his party’s plea that they had “voluntarily given up” their membership by joining a rally of opposition parties in Patna in August.