Supporters of Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav clashed outside the chief minister’s residence in Patna ahead of crucial meetings called by both camps.
Rival JD(U) factions headed by Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav had called parallel meetings in Patna on Saturday. In the national executive meet called by JD(U) president and chief minister Nitish Kumar, the party is likely to seal the fate of senior leader Sharad Yadav. The party is likely to take a call on Yadav’s complete expulsion from the party.
Yadav was against Nitish’s decision to dump the Grand Alliance in Bihar and go back to the NDA fold and form the state government with BJP as allies. Since then, several Sharad Yadav loyalists were suspended from the party and Yadav himself was removed as JD(U)’s parliamentary party leader.
On his part, Yadav has called a parallel meet, where he and his supporters will discuss the future course of action.
The two meetings make it clear that battle lines within the JD(U) are drawn and the party may be heading for a vertical split.
JD(U) principal secretary general K C Tyagi has, however, maintained that there is no split and that Yadav “has left voluntarily”.
The party was originally set to hold its national executive in Delhi on July 23-24 last. But the date was changed to August 19 and the venue was shifted to Patna.
“The national executive would also give its consent to the invitation of BJP President Amit Shah to the JD(U) to join the NDA fold,” Tyagi told PTI.
The Sharad Yadav camp had posters that said, “Jan Adalat ka Faisla … Mahagatbandhan Jaari hain (Jan Adalat’s decision … The Grand Alliance is continuing)”. They carry photographs of Sharad Yadav, JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar Ansari and former state minister Ramai Ram, who was suspended by Bihar JD(U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh.
(With inputs from PTI)