Yadav loses his job as JD(U) leader in the Rajya Sabha

"It was Kumar's unwillingness to nominate Yadav as a minister in the Central Cabinet that prompted the veteran to revolt", said a JD (U) leader.

This is the first official development between Nitish and the BJP, post the debacle last month, with Nitish Kumar resigning as the Bihar Chief Minister and breaking ties with the grand alliance and then forming the government with the saffron party.

It has also made light of his claims of having the real JD (U) with him, saying that it is RJD workers and supporters who have greeted him during his tour in Bihar while its workers have kept away. "Yadav is a soul fighter and I am unable to understand the reason behind his dissension because the Chief Minister has categorically said that all decisions have been taken after due consultation and with the consent of all the party members". We founded the party. "I invited JD (U) to join the NDA".

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Sunday sought help of the Army and Air Force as the flood situation worsened in the state's four northeastern districts - Kishanganj, Araria, Purnia and Katihar.

"JD (U) is a party of all but nobody is allowed to create a ruckus within the party".

"Met Vice President & gave in writing that we have elected RCP Singh as our leader in Rajya Sabha", state JD-U president Vashishtha Narayan Singh was quoted as telling news agency ANI.

"There is no question of leaving the party (JD-U)".

Ansari said the faction led by Nitish has become a "government JD-U". We founded the party. Sharad Yadav said that he remains committed to the Congress-led opposition, which is trying to fight the growing influence of NDA.

Reacting to speculation that Sharad Yadav may form his own party, Tyagi said: "How can he do this?"

"Yesterday (Friday) they suspended me from the parliamentary party". Till now, he used to sit in the front benches, sharing the space with other top leaders of other parties.

Vanessa Coleman