Nitish Kumar faction removes Sharad Yadav as party head in Rajya Sabha

The senior JD (U) leader said PM Modi had invited Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to Delhi later this month-end by when the plan would be finalised. "I invited JD (U) to join the NDA", the BJP chief tweeted.

"None of the 34 national council members from Kerala will attend the meeting of the JD (U) national council, slated for August 19 at Patna".

On Friday, while talking to the reporters outside the parliament, Nitish Kumar had said, "As far as party is concerned, the party has taken its decision".

Shutting the doors on any reconciliation with Sharad Yadav, Kumar said he (Yadav) was free to take any decision and the tie-up with BJP to form a government in Bihar wasn't just his decision but had the nod of the entire party. "People's trust has been broken", he said, adding that there were two factions within the JDU - the "sarkaari" faction led by Nitish, and the other one led by the people.

Today's development came a day after Nitish met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in the capital, and remarked that Yadav was "free to take a decision".

Several JD (U) leaders, including Yadav, were miffed with Kumar's "unilateral" decision.

On Saturday, JD (U) Rajya Sabha members who are backing Nitish met Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to hand him a letter appointing R C P Singh as their leader.

He refused to comment on the JD-U decision to replace him as the parliamentary party leader.

The Janata Dal-United president Nitish Kumar on July 26 snapped ties with the Grand Alliance of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress.

Sharad Yadav said "Jab hum Indira Gandhi se nahi dare aur unke khilaf khade hue, kisi aur se kaisa darna", he said.

Sharad Yadav kickstarted his three-day Jan Samvad Yatra on August 10. "The party will also write to the Rajya Sabha to invalidate his membership for anti-party activity", said a party leader close to Nitish.

He added that this was not a personal fight against Nitish Kumar but a fight of principles and to save democracy and brotherhood.

Vanessa Coleman