Sharad Yadav embarks on 3 day public interaction programme

Sharad Yadav embarks on 3 day public interaction programme

There have also been reports of a widening rift between Yadav and party leader Nitish, who severed ties from old alliance and joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form new government in Bihar.

Party sources said that CM Nitish Kumar was unhappy with Yadav over his public remarks expressing his reservations with the developments that transpired last month.

"Sharad Yadav has constantly been questioning Nitish Kumar's decision, but hasn't once commented on the investigation against Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi", Mr Tyagi said, warning, "If he crosses the line, it will be unfortunate". Yadav said the grand alliance and the BJP had come out with different manifestos for the assembly election.

"I was one of those who asked the people of Bihar to vote for the grand alliance".

Yadav, a Rajya Sabha member, will be in the state for next three days. Stopping at a few places to make brief speeches, Yadav made it clear that he was not happy with Kumar's decision, calling it a betrayal of mandate given by 11 crore people. RJD supporters in large number along with some JD (U) workers accorded reception to Yadav at Ramashish Chowk, Anjanpeer chowk in Hajipur in Vaishali district.

"Kumar's unilateral decision to walk out of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) violates the mandate of the 2015 assembly elections".

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He arrived at the airport here to embark on a three-day tour during which he would hold "direct dialogue" with the people over breaking of the JD (U)-RJD-Congress coalition and formation of the JD (U)-BJP alliance government.

But now that Sharad has raised a bogey of revolt against Nitish, the veteran parliamentarian runs the risk of being isolated and eventually thrown out of the JD (U) much like his predecessor George Fernandes. I consider it a responsibility to maintain my stand.

Cracks within the JD (U) became wider on Thursday after senior leader Sharad Yadav said he was still part of the Mahagathbandhan.

The JD (U), which distanced itself from Yadav's visit, called it a "RJD-sponsored yatra". "All talks of split and action against Yadav are wrong", said party spokesperson Neeraj Kumar. Nitish also showing his disapproval on Sharad'smoves expelled Arun Srivastava, who is considered close to Sharad, from the post of party's general secretary on the grounds of him voting for Congress candidate during Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls.

He said the people supported the grand alliance and expected a lot from it, adding that they are hurt with its withdrawal.

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