The Janata Dal-United on Saturday removed party leader Sharad Yadav as chief of its parliamentary party.
The decision was taken a day after the party suspended its rebel MP Ali Anwar Ansari from the parliamentary party, for taking part in a meeting of opposition parties convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday.
The name of JD-U’s Rajya Sabha member Ram Chandra Prasad Singh is doing the rounds as the new leader of the parliamentary party.
According to JD-U sources, the decision to remove Sharad Yadav from the party post has been communicated to the Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
Ansari along with Sharad have expressed differences with party chief Nitish’s decision to snap ties with Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal and form a government in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Meanwhile, Sharad hit out at Nitish, saying the party is not Nitish’s alone but belonged to him too.
“There are two JD-Us in Bihar, one is official and another is of the people. All the party legislators, leaders, who are close to the government for personal benefit are with Nitish, but leaders and workers close to the people are with me,” Sharad said.
He refused to comment on reports on the JD-U decision to replace him as the parliamentary party leader.
“I am not afraid of any one to speak the truth and stand by my principles,” he said in reference to his fight against Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in the mid 70s, when he was a student leader close to Jayaprakash Narayan, who led the movement that ousted Indira Gandhi from power for the first time in 1977.
Meanwhile, Ansari said the Sharad-led faction is the ‘real JD-U’ and there was no question of leaving the party.
Ansari said the faction led by Nitish has become a ‘government JD-U’.
“There is no question of leaving the party (JD-U). We founded the party. Sharad-led faction is the real JD-U while the other one has become a ‘government JD-U’ and Bharatiya JD-(U),” Ansari said while briefing mediapersons.
“We are the real one as we are still with the principles of the JD-U, but they have changed and become BJD-U,” he added, in a jibe at the Nitish faction which has sided with the BJP to form government in Bihar.
Hitting out at Bitish, Anwar said that people who brought the party to its glory were being ‘removed’ from party posts.
Indo-Asian News Service