Janta Dal (United) To Decide On Joining NDA On August 19

The Janata Dal (United) on Saturday removed Senior party leader and Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav from the parliamentary board of party due to alleged anti party activities. "The original JD (U) in association with secular forces would form a government after next general election".

The decision was taken a day after the party suspended its rebel MP Ali Anwar Ansari from the parliamentary party, for taking part in a meeting of opposition parties convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday. Shah broke the news on Twitter saying: "I met JD (U) president Nitish Kumar at my residence yesterday". Asked if the party would join the Modi cabinet, a JD (U) leader said such a decision would be "natural". He said Nitish Kumar was also in the process of issuing him a show-cause notice for questioning his decision to form a government with the BJP.

On Thursday, Sharad Yadav had said that he was still with RJD, Congress-led Mahagathbandhan.

"Some party leaders are threatening me and those siding with me.I have faced Indira Gandhi and was not scared". "People are not going to pardon anyone for defying their trust", Sharad said. The MPs met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to hand him a letter appointing Singh as the leader of the JD (U) in the upper House, the leader said.Singh is a trusted lieutenant of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He has been told (by JD-U) that he is free now and he can leave the party. "All the party MLAs and MLCs from Bihar are with us. Sharad Yadav-led faction is the real JD-U while the other one has become a "Sarkari JD-U" and Bharatiya JD-(U)", Ansari said while briefing mediapersons. This is the first official communication between Nitish Kumar and the BJP, post the Nitish aligning with the BJP in Bihar. He has termed Kumar's move as a "betrayal with people's mandate". A former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the UP cadre, he has been Principal Secretary in the Nitish Kumar government. Whatever case they (BJP) want to file, they can file against me.

Vanessa Coleman