Sharad Yadav, the Senior Janata Dal United leader in public has not said any word about Nitish Kumat Bihar Chief Minister’s stunning move to short circuit the grand alliance and join hands with the BJP. For 70 year old leader there has been speculation who co-founded the paty was upset but he maintained a stone cold silence.
Exactly where the beteran JDU leader stood on Nitish Kumar’s move: his side. Confirmed to NDTV by Lalu Yadav, 69.
In an interview with NDTV Lalu Yadav said, "Yes, he (Sharad Yadav) called me."
"He told us and he told us that he is with us and he has been in touch," Lalu Yadav, the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief said, hours after Nitish Kumar through the floor test in Bihar assembly comfortably sailed after a short debate. The bitter opposition charge was led by Lalu's son Tejashwi Yadav, 27, whose refusal to quit despite facing a corruption case is being said to have precipitated the end of the grand alliance.
In a two recent meeting Sharad Yadav has been Nitish Kumar’s stand for an 18-party opposition front that was skipped by the Bihar Chief Minister.
This week, Nitish Kumar resigned from the Chief Minister's post and was sworn in again to the post for the sixth time, in a span of 14 hours. Nitish Kumar walked out because the BJP had named Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, this time again, with support from the BJP who had been his party's allies for years before.
Before the 2015 Bihar assembly elections, Mr Kumar tied up with Lalu Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections demonstrated were a match for a resurgent BJP led by PM Modi, neither of the three parties. The BJP had swept the general elections with 31 of the 40 parliamentary seats.
Guided by a political strategist Prashant Kishor, the three parties choreographed an election campaign that launched the political experiment that was positioned as a game-changing grand alliance that could cancel the wave in favour of BJP's PM Modi.
To end the alliance, the Chief Minister had used a false case against her son, Lalu Yadav's wife Rabri Devi said it was Nitish Kumar who had come to them in 2015 requesting them to join hands to counter the BJP's march. "We shouldn't have done so," she said.
Prashant Kishor,has also phoned him who had worked closely with them added by Lalu Yadav. "He was innocent of the ways of Nitish Kumar. He also called to tell me that Nitish wasn't doing the right thing," he said, adding that his first suspicion about Nitish Kumar's intentions arose when he kept requeston putting off and to send across his photograph for campaign material for an anti-BJP rally on 27 August.