JD(U) passes resolution to join NDA, no action against Sharad

RSTV Bureau

Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) on Saturday passed a resolution at the National Executive meeting to join BJP-led NDA at the Centre paving the way for party men to join the Union ministry.

Tyagi addressed a press conference after JDU’s national executive passed a resolution to join NDA.

“A resolution that the JD(U) will join the BJP-led NDA was unanimously approved in the meeting,” aTyagi said.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with KC Tyagi

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with KC Tyagi

BJP president Amit Shah welcomed the decision of the JD(U), headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, to join the NDA and said it heralded a “new era of development” in the state.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar greets BJP President Amit Shah in a meeting at the latter's residence, in New Delhi on Friday.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar greets BJP President Amit Shah in a meeting at the latter’s residence, in New Delhi on Friday.

The party today passed a resolution at its national executive meeting to become part of the NDA.

“I welcome the JD(U) decision of joining NDA, as this will not only strengthen the NDA but will also begin a new era of development and growth in Bihar,” Shah said.

The National Executive, however, did not take any action against rebel leader Sharad Yadav who opposed Nitish Kumar’s decision to join NDA.

It also ruled out any split in the party but said that party’s senior leader Sharad Yadav had crossed the “Lakshman Rekha”.

“There is no split as such in Janata Dal United. 71 MLAs, 30 MLC & all office bearers all are with Nitish Kumar,” JDU senior leader KC Tyagi said downplaying the reports of the rift in the party.

ormer JD(U) president Sharad Yadav with suspended party leader Ali Anwar at a  'Jan Adalat' meeting in Patna

former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav with suspended party leader Ali Anwar at a ‘Jan Adalat’ meeting in Patna

The JD(U) leader also said that by speaking against Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and not attending his swearing-in ceremony on 27 July, “Sharad Yadavji crossed the Lakshman Rekha. Emotionally and physically, he has left us.”

Defending Kumar’s decision to leave the Mahagathbandhan to which Sharad Yadav opposed, Tyagi said that it was going in the lines of UPA 2.

“The Mahagathbandhan would have become as corrupt as UPA 2 if he (Kumar) would have continued in the alliance,” he said.

Sharad Yadav skipped the national executive committee meeting and attended a parallel programme, Jan Adalat, of those loyal to him, including suspended JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar Ansari.

The programme promised to continue with the Grand Alliance. Sharad Yadav fell out with Nitish Kumar over his decision to walk out the Grand Alliance