PATNA: The Countdown for a split in ruling Janata Dal has formally begun as for party chief Sharad Yadav gets ready to start his state-wide tour from today to protest break-up of erstwhile Grand Alliance.
Yadav, a mighty Yadav leader who has represented Madhepura seat four times in the past is angry with the chief minister Nitish Kumar for his move to form government with the BJP after breaking alliance with the Grand Alliance which was given the mandate to rule.
He will begin his tour from Sonepur in saran district. During his three-day tour of the state, he will touch some 20 places across the state and hold direct interactions with the general masses regarding break-up of ruling Grand Alliance.
“110 million people in the state had reposed faith in the Grand Alliance (which was given the huge mandate to rule). Now I am going to hold direction interaction with the masses from tomorrow,” Yadav told the media on Wednesday.
He added, “I am pained at the breakup in alliance. You must know how we counted 26 helicopters of the BJP with only our three choppers. That’s why I am coming to Bihar.”
Yadav has already declared a war on Nitish Kumar by openly supporting Congress’ Ahmed Patel in Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat where the later won despite all odds.
In a further teasing act, Yadav congratulated Patel on his victory in RS polls and then also posted a photograph with the Congress leader even as the JD-U had supported the BJP in the polls.
Adding a new twist to the whole development, RJD chief Lalu Prasad has announced his full support to yadav. “The JD-U led by Sharad Yadav is the real JD-U and my party will support him. Also, our party alliance will continue with Yadav-led outfit,” Prasad said.
The JD-U has termed Yadav’s move as “anti-party” and threatened to initiate action against him. “Whatever he is doing has not the consent of the party. That may invite suitable action,” State JD-U chief Vashishtha Narayan Singh said.
This will be the third time in past 20 years that the parent Janata Dal will be splitting if Yadav splits the party. Previously, the JD had split into United Janata Dal and the Janata Dal United since breakup faction went into the hands of Nitish Kumar.