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Rift in JD(U): I am with mahagathbandhan, says Sharad Yadav

Mahagathbandhan was given a mandate by 11 cr people to rule Bihar for 5 yrs

IANS  |  Patna 

Clipping the wings?
Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav

In a display of defiance against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, senior JD-U leader and former party president on Thursday declared he was still with the of the RJD and Congress.

"I still stand with (Grand Alliance) that was given a mandate by 11 crore people in in the 2015 assembly polls to rule for five years," Yadav told the media after landing at the airport from Delhi.

Hundreds of his supporters, including some JD-U leaders, welcomed Yadav as he came out of the airport, shouting slogans in his support.

Two former JD-U legislators, including former minister Ramai Ram and Rambadan Rai, were also in the crowd. Not a single JD-U legislator was present.

Without naming Nitish Kumar, said: "The decision to join hands with the BJP and form a government in was against the mandate given in the 2015 assembly polls against the BJP-led NDA.

"I was personally hurt and pained by (the decision)," he said. "I had also vigorously campaigned for the "

Yadav is on a three-day visit to eight districts in Bihar including Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Supaul and Madhepura.

He said he won't speak any more on the subject. "I will speak more when I visit people."

Earlier, the ruling Janata Dal-United on Wednesday distanced itself from Yadav's visit.

"Sharad Yadav's visit to Bihar is his personal initiative. The JD-U has nothing to do with it," JD-U state President Vashisht Narain Singh said.

JD-U leaders started targeting Yadav since last week after he spoke out against Nitish Kumar's decision to embrace the

Apart from Sharad Yadav, two JD-U Rajya Sabha MPs -- Ali Anwar Ansari and Virender Kumar -- have also voiced their opposition to Nitish Kumar's decision to join hands with the BJP. Both are in touch with

First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 15:29 IST