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Nitish-led JD(U) formally ditches Grand Alliance to join hands with BJP

Sharad Yadav fell out with Nitish Kumar over his decision to walk out the Grand Alliance

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Nitish Kumar, Bihar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other JD(U) leaders after passing the resolution to join the NDA during a national council meeting in Patna on Saturday

The under Chief Minister on Saturday passed a resolution at its executive meeting to become part of the  

The executive also put its seal of approval on the party’s decision to walk out of the with Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the Congress, to join hands with the and form a government in

Making the announcement, party leader KC Tyagi categorically denied that there was any split in the party following differences with senior leader  

"The executive meeting chaired by party president approved a resolution to become part of the NDA," he said.” 

president Amit Shah during a meeting with our (JD-U) president recently had urged him to bring the into the The executive committee approved it and now we have become part of NDA," Tyagi said.

Flanked by the party's senior leaders R C P Singh, Harbansh and Pawan Varma among others, he denied that there was any split in the party.

Sixteen out of 20 state unit presidents, all its 71 MLAs and 30 MLCs in and all office bearers of the party committees appointed by with the consent of were present in the executive and became part of the decision, he said.

"So how can there be split in "

The party, he said, would wait till August 27, the day of RJD's rally here, before initiating any action against

will hold an open session during the day in which chief minister and president would be present.

skipped the executive committee meeting and attended a parallel programme, Jan Adalat, of those loyal to him, including suspended Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar Ansari.

The programme promised to continue with the

fell out with over his decision to walk out the

First Published: Sat, August 19 2017. 23:02 IST