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Sharad Yadav congratulates Ahmed Patel on winning RS poll

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav today congratulated Congress' Ahmed Patel for winning the to a seat from Gujarat, "in spite of the toughest hurdles".

"Heartiest congratulations on your victory in in spite of toughest hurdles. Wish you all success in your career (sic)," he wrote on Twitter.

Yadav also posted a photograph of his with Patel, the political secretary to president Sonia Gandhi, on the microblogging website.

Apparently charting a different path vis-a-vis his party, the senior JD(U) leader is scheduled to embark on a three-day tour of from tomorrow to have a "direct dialogue" with the people.

His congratulatory message to Patel assumes significance at a time, when the JD(U) has joined hands with the to form the in

Yadav's message comes in the backdrop of reports of the lone JD(U) in the Assembly, Chhotu Vasava, voting for Patel, notwithstanding the fact that his party is in a coalition with the in

The JD(U) had last night removed Arun Shrivastav, a close confidante of Yadav, from the post of party general secretary for writing "without authorisation" to the returning officer of the Assembly, appointing an agent for the poll.

Yadav, who is a member from Bihar, has posted the details of his three-day tour of the eastern state on his Twitter handle.

After he lost to Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav from the Madhepura seat in 2014, the JD(U) had sent Yadav to the Upper House of Parliament last year.

Yadav's tour is being viewed as a sign of his annoyance over Nitish Kumar breaking the Grand Alliance of the JD(U), RJD and and joining hands with the to form the in that state.

Two other JD(U) MPs, Ali Anwar and M P Veerendra Kumar, also reportedly miffed over Kumar's decision, had met Yadav to express their resentment.

Meanwhile, the JD(U) distanced itself from Yadav's tour.

"We have nothing to do with his yatra...It is a personal programme of Sharad Yadav," JD(U) chief spokesman in Sanjay Singh told PTI.

Another JD(U) spokesman, Neeraj Kumar, also described Yadav's tour as a "personal" programme.

Singh refused to speak much on Yadav, but said, "He has changed his path."

RJD supremo Lalu Prasad has praised Yadav and appealed to the veteran leader to join the fight against the communal forces in the country.

During his three-day tour, Yadav is scheduled to interact with the people of Patna-Sonepur and Muzaffarpur tomorrow.

On August 11, he is scheduled to visit the Muzaffarpur- Darbhanga-Madhubani stretch and on August 12, he is scheduled to go to Madhubani-Supual-Madhepura.

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First Published: Wed, August 09 2017. 17:22 IST