The Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) on Saturday passed a resolution to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) during the party’s national executive meeting chaired by the leader Nitish Kumar.
The political movement that makes the ruling party in Bihar officially an ally of the NDA at the Centre comes weeks after Nitish broke ties with the Grand Alliance parties – Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal – in the state and reformed the government in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Earlier in the day, JD(U) leader K.C. Tyagi said that senior leader Sharad Yadav has every right to put forward his points of disagreement with the alliance, but he shouldn’t attend Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s program as it will break their trust.
“Sharad Yadav is invited for the JD(U) national executive meet and he can sort out differences, but he shouldn’t attend Lalu Yadav’s program. We will lose our faith in him if he does so. He is one of the founders of the party, therefore, he can put forward his views in the meeting,” Tyagi told the media here.
He added that although Sharad Yadav does not agree with party’s decisions, there is no rift in the party.
Meanwhile, ahead of the national executive committee meeting of the JD(U), the two factions of the party – one led by Nitish Kumar and the other by former party president Sharad Yadav – put up striking publicity material in Patna, leading up to a poster war in the city.
Incidentally, both factions claim to be the “real JD(U)”.