Coming down heavily on the JD(U) leadership after it sacked as many as 21 party members who are said to be loyal to Sharad Yadav for “anti party” activities, the veteran leader said that the party may have underestimated his followers within the party. Yadav had accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of betraying the electorate by joining hands with the BJP.
“I have just toured three districts in one state and they had to sack 21 people. I am going to tour other states too. Their fingers will get tired counting, sacking people (who support him),” Yadav said in a Facebook post, accompanied by pictures of the reception that he had received during his tour.
Yadav also uploaded the order by Bihar JD-U President Vashistha Narayan Singh suspending 21 party leaders on Monday.
These 21 leaders including former ministers, lawmakers and district level office bearers were seen with Yadav during the trip. According to the leader, the tour was meant to have “direct dialogue” with the people.
The rift between Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav apparently came to the fore after Kumar had last month recast his alliance, junking Lalu Yadav and the Congress and tied up with the BJP.
“The public and party workers are with us,” Yadav, who is a Rajya Sabha member and also the party’s founder president, said.
On Monday, Yadav made it clear that he has no intentions of leaving the party whatsoever. He said he was one of those who founded the party, and that he will not succumb to pressure and just quit.
“People of the state support the grand alliance it voted for. People are saddened by the breakup of the alliance. I have not quit the party. I am the founder of JD (U),” said Yadav.
The party has removed Sharad Yadav as JD-U’s leader in the Rajya Sabha and suspended Ali Anwar Ansari, also a Rajya Sabha member, for attending a joint opposition meeting convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. All of them have been accused of “anti-party activities”.