U removes Sharad Yadav as leader of party in Rajya Sabha

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He also said that he is personally hurt by the move.

With the JD (U) bracing up to the prospects of joining the NDA government at the Centre, the Cabinet expansion and reshuffle appear on the cards in immediate future. "Since the Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandra Babu Naidu is now the convenor of the NDA, the Bihar chief minister could be given a designation to suit his status and political importance for the BJP after the JD (U) formally joins the grand ruling alliance", sources said.

Several JD (U) leaders, including Yadav, were miffed with Kumar's "unilateral" decision. Paswan said his party would welcome Nitish Kumar's entry in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) fold.

"JD (U) sources said the party is expected to announce its decision to formally join the BJP-led NDA in its national executive meeting on 19 July in Patna".

Speaking in Bihar's Madhepura district, Sharad Yadav hit out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying the party is not Kumar's alone but belonged to him too.

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The decision comes in the wake of Sharad Yadav's misgivings over Nitish Kumar's decision to break away from the Mahagathbandhan and form a government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar. "There are two JD (U) s in Bihar, one is sarkari (official) and another is janata (of the people)". He has taken care of such concerns in the Bihar council of ministers. The decision of the public was against the BJP-led NDA alliance.

Sharad Yadav said "Jab hum Indira Gandhi se nahi dare aur unke khilaf khade hue, kisi aur se kaisa darna", he said. He told his people about Nitish Kumar's involvement with the BJP in forming a government.

He added that this was not a personal fight against Nitish Kumar but a fight of principles and to save democracy and brotherhood.

Ansari said that everyone, be it opposition parties, social leaders or anyone with human values, should unite against the "divisive forces" (BJP and RSS). Following the events, Ali Anwar was expelled from the party for attending the meeting on Friday night.

Reacting to speculation that Sharad Yadav may form his own party, Tyagi said: "How can he do this?" We were ready to go there and put forth our views, but Nitish seems to be afraid of what we will say.

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