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Sharad Yadav removed as leader of JD(U) in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI): Janata Dal(U) Rajya Sabha members today removed Sharad Yadav, who opposed the party's decision to ally with the BJP in Bihar, as their leader in the House and replaced him with R C P Singh, a senior party leader said.

The MPs met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to hand him a letter appointing Singh as the leader of the JD(U) in the upper house, the leader said.

Singh is a trusted lieutenant of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

The JD(U) has 10 members in the Rajya Sabha. It had last night suspended its Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari from the parliamentary party for attending a meeting of opposition parties convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Differences between Kumar and Yadav surfaced after the former snapped ties with the Congress and the RJD, and allied with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar last month.

Yadav, who is on a tour of Bihar, has said he still believes he is a part of the Grand Alliance with the RJD and the Congress. The JD(U) is not just Nitish Kumar's party, but also his party, he has said.

Yadav also claimed that the real JD(U) was with him and the one with Kumar was 'sarkari' JD(U).

In a related development, BJP president Amit Shah said in a tweet today that he had invited Kumar to join the ruling NDA.

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  • Stan, Udupi/Dubai

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Nithish may not enjoy fruits of power for long time.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    It was believed that Nitish Kumar is the next contender for Prime Minister candidate for unified opposition in the next Lok Sabha election.
    But greed of Nitish Kumar has not only split the JD(U) and pave the way for BJP in Bihar.
    Pre independence British used 'divide and rule' , post India BJP took over the charge dividing Indians for political benefit.
    Jai Hind

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    I remember sikulars here were already celebrating victory in UP when pappu and SP got together in a alliance.
    You know what happenned afterwards.

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  • Sheikh, Karkala

    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    This is what bjp wanted. Broken oppositions are less harmed. Bjp don't want to see anybody who oppose them. They want to rule the country as whole. In one word we can say dictatorship. This opportunist nitish couldn't understand. Let's wait & see. But one thing they should know voters are not foolish.

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    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    Nitish can do anything for seat..

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    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    Nitish will get kick in return..

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    I think somebody said same dailog about BJP in 2015 and those ppl got good reply by BJP in UP and other States
    Keep on dreaming

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  • anil, mumbai

    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    nitish ki ulti ginti shuru

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    Now people know the Truth ...

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    Bihari Nithish kumar is Nakli JDU ,when he joined NDA then he must be removed.

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