Nitish camp suspends 21 of Sharad's camp members from JD(U)

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A letter to this effect was handed over to Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu by party MPs in the morning at his residence.

Yadav's removal came a day after the JD-U sacked another Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar from its parliamentary party after he attended a meeting called by the Congress to discuss an anti-BJP front. While defending the decision, Senior JD (U) leader, Vashishtha Narayan, said that Sharad Yadav was not removed from the party, but, replaced with RCP Singh.

In July, Nitish Kumar had resigned as the Chief Minister of Bihar while opting to move out of the 20-month-old Grand Alliance.

"He was protesting against a decision taken by the Bihar unit of the party to become a part of the NDA".

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The development assumes significance as Yadav was sacked as the leader of the JD (U) in the Rajya Sabha on Saturday. The "Swabhiman rally" or "BJP Hatao Desh Banchao" rally of Lalu and other Mahagathbandhan parties is expected to be a show of strength against Nitish Kumar also and the RJD leader is eyeing to consolidate his Muslim-Yadav-Dalit votes. Ever since, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a government in the state, Sharad Yadav has spoken against the decision.

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. Thirty-three trains have been cancelled and 11 have been stopped midway, ECR chief public relations officer Rajesh Kumar said in a statement.

Also, he took a dig at Yadav for calling Nitish Kumar's JD-U "sarkari party" saying: "When he (Yadav) was minister in the NDA government, then it was not a sarkari party but a revolutionary party". An invitation to join the NDA was extended by BJP president Amit Shah when Nitish went to meet him in Delhi on Friday. "I have given my blood and sweat to establish this party".

Senior Janata Dal-United (JDU) leader Ram Chandra Prasad (R.C.P.) Singh would be the new parliamentary party chief. We are not going to get cowed down by such threats.

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