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JD(U) all set to join NDA on Aug 19


India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah Saturday invited Chief Minister of the eastern state of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, to join the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

This was Mr. Kumar's first visit to Delhi after his party pulled the plug on the grand alliance government in Bihar with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress to ally with the BJP. "JD (U) is not only Nitish Kumar's party, it is also my party", said Yadav in Bihar's Madhepura district on the last day of his 3-day tour of Bihar aimed at mobilising people against the JD (U)-BJP alliance.

Following Yadav's sacking, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu declared Ram Chandra Prasad Singh as the new JD (U) leader in the House on a written representation by party general-secretary Sanjay Jha. The RJD chief said that he was accused of speaking to Sahabuddin, a tainted politician, but at the same time, there is no issue on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is speaking to Anant Singh, another tainted politician from Bihar.

"There is no question of leaving the party (JD-U)".

The JD (U) is likely to get some berths in the Union cabinet when the next round of reshuffle in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's council happens. He also said the Congress president was trying to "interfere" in the JD (U)'s internal matters, he said.


"Yesterday (Friday) they suspended me from the parliamentary party".

Ansari said that everyone, be it opposition parties, social leaders or anyone with human values, should unite against the "divisive forces" (BJP and RSS).

The BJP is of the view that Yadav is unable to come to terms with the recent alliance between BJP and JD (U), adding the reason behind his dissension is unclear.

Meanwhile, Sharad hit out at Nitish, saying the party is not Nitish's alone but belonged to him too.

The Sharad Yadav faction on Sunday claimed that it has support of JDU's 14 state units, ahead of the party's national executive next weekend to formally join the NDA.

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