One or two member can't divide us, says JD(U)

One or two member can't divide us, says JD(U)

Speaking to ANI, MP Vashistha Narayan Singh said, "This was important and was done due to Sharad Yadav's anti-party activities".

Meanwhile, Amit Shah tweeted that he has invited JD (U) to join the NDA.

"Our joining hands with the NDA will be approved of in the meeting on 19th August", he added.

He said it was the people who had made the Grand Alliance of RJD, JD-U and Congress in the 2015 Bihar Assembly polls and given their mandate to rule for five years.

He also played down reports of a likely tussle among Bihar NDA allies over distribution of seats as the entry of the JD (U) in the alliance would affect claims of other parties, saying the Lok Sabha poll was far away and the grouping was like a "family".

Significantly, Sonia Gandhi also invited Yadav for an Opposition meeting on Friday, which was attended by rebel MP Ali Anwar.

The Janata Dal (United) on Saturday removed Sharad Yadav as the leader of the party in Rajya Sabha, hinting at the apparent split in the party.

Following Yadav's sacking, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu declared Ram Chandra Prasad Singh as the new JD (U) leader in the House on a written representation by party general-secretary Sanjay Jha. "I met JD (U) president Nitish Kumar at my residence yesterday". Nitish said the decision has been taken by the party and Sharad should accept it. "The BJP chief has been told that the party will share the names of the MPs who could join the council of ministers headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi", sources said. Sources said that while one person from the JDU would be given a Cabinet berth, another may be given a Minister of State rank as and when the Cabinet expansion happens.

Miffed with Nitish, Yadav, is on a three-day tour to Bihar to hold "direct dialogue" with the people.

"There is no question of leaving the party (JD-U)". This is the first official communication between Nitish Kumar and the BJP, post the Nitish aligning with the BJP in Bihar. He says he is taking people's opinion.