U suspends Ansari from parliamentary party

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

The anti-BJP front, already seriously dented by the exit of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar last month, now appears to have shrunk from 18 to 16 members. "We are still following the mandate of the people, which was in the favour of the grand alliance".

Yadav had, earlier on Saturday, claimed that he had sent fellow party leader Ali Anwar to attend a meeting of opposition parties convened by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, so that Bihar-like grand alliance is replicated countrywide. Two camps seems to have been formed within the party, one supporting Nitish and the other backing Sharad. "He is right that JD (U) is not only Nitish Kumar's party but it is equally his", Anwar told ANI.

Sharad could not attend the meeting as he was busy in the three-day public interaction tour across Bihar to know people's reactions on the new government. Party spokesperson K C Tyagi also accused Sonia Gandhi of creating a rift within the party and interfering in JD (U)'s personal matter.

"MP Ali Anwar stands suspended from JD (U)'s parliamentary party after he participated in the Opposition parties' meeting".

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Speaking about Sharad's actions, Tyagi said that if he is unhappy with Nitish's decision and wishes to leave the party he must express his differences over the development at the party's national executive meeting which will be held in Patna on August 19.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar virtually shut the door on any reconciliation with rebel leader Sharad Yadav, saying he is free to take any decision as the alliance with the BJP had the entire party's nod.

Ansari said that everyone, be it opposition parties, social leaders or anyone with human values, should unite against the "divisive forces" (BJP and RSS).

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