Amit Shah invites JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar to join NDA

Senior RJD leader Rabri Devi applies'tilak on the forehead of former deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejaswi Prasad Yadav at their residence before the latter left for'Janadesh Apaman Yatra, in Patna on Tuesday. PTI

Announcing the party decision, Bihar JD (U) president Vashishtha Narayan said, "We met Vice President (Venkaiah Naidu) and gave in writing that we have elected RCP Singh as our leader in the Rajya Sabha".

JD (U) has finally started taking decisions against Sharad Yadav, one of the foundation pillars of the party, who has now turned anti-JD (U). However, Vasava said that he voted for Congress' nominee Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha polls as the ruling BJP has done little for the tribal people and the poor. "It's mine too", Sharad Yadav said in Bihar's Madhepura district on the last day of his three-day Samvad Yatra to meet people and interact with them. The representatives of JD (U) comprised of JDU MP Harivansh, RCP Singh, Anil Sahni, Kaushalendra Kumar and JD (U) general secretary Sanjay Jha.

This was their first in-person interaction since Nitish reconfigured his government in Bihar to include the BJP last month. "Thank you for your support Sharad ji", the Congress Rajya Sabha member tweeted after his victory, in reply to Yadav's tweet congratulating him for a victory "in spite of toughest hurdles".

"When we are together in government in Bihar, it is only natural that our party joins the Union government", he said. Further, the JD (U) recently allied with the BJP after party chief Nitish Kumar quit the "grand alliance" coalition in Bihar.

"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. During his public meetings, Sharad Yadav has criticised Nitish Kumar for "betrayal of mandate" in the state.

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