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Better join RJD if you want to survive in politics: JD(U) to Sharad Yadav

EC did not take cognisance of an application by him of being real JD-U, citing lack of documents

IANS  |  Patna 

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav with rebel Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav during the  'BJP bhagao, desh bachao' rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna.( Photo: PTI)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav with rebel Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav during the 'BJP bhagao, desh bachao' rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna.( Photo: PTI)

Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Wednesday asked its senior rebel leader Sharad Yadav to join the opposition (RJD) of

"Sharad Yadav should formally join the RJD and accept the party symbol Lantern as its own without any further delay," JD-U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar advised Sharad Yadav, a day after the Election Commission (EC) did not take cognisance of an application by him of being the "real JD-U", citing lack of documents.

Neeraj Kumar said Sharad Yadav has no other option except to join RJD to survive in "Now, Sharad Yadav may also lose his Rajya Sabha membership soon."

He said Sharad Yadav has become 'uncle' of Lalu's family, who has been facing action by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax department for their alleged and property worth hundreds of crore.

He said Sharad Yadav and another party rebel MP were already served notice by Rajya Sabha Chairman last Monday, asking them to explain their position regarding a party petition seeking their disqualification from the House.

JD-U has time and again in last two weeks said that Sharad Yadav has "voluntarily" quit the membership of the JD-U by attending the RJD chief Lalu Prasad's "Desh Bachao Bhagao" rally here on August 27.

However, till date, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also the president of JD-U has not expelled Sharad Yadav, former party president despite warning that party would act against him if he attends the RJD rally.

The JD-U in July-end split into "two factions", one led by Nitish Kumar and the other by Sharad Yadav, after the Chief Minister dumped the Grand Alliance of RJD and Congress, and joined hands with the (BJP) to form a new government.

The JD-U on August 12 removed Sharad Yadav as the party's leader in Rajya Sabha.

According to JD-U leaders, 70 MLAs, two Lok Sabha MPs and seven Rajya Sabha MPs are with Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal-United.

First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 13:15 IST
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