Is Sharad Yadav mulling formation of new political party?
Patna: One of the close aides of veteran Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav on Wednesday indicated that he may form a new political front in Bihar, to remain in touch with the recently collapsed Grand Alliance.
The report, however, was turned down by JD-U principal general secretary KC Tyagi and another close confidant of Yadav, describing it as 'nothing but a rumour'.
Some differences have surfaced between Sharad Yadav and party president Nitish Kumar since the latter snapped ties with the Grand Alliance to form government in Bihar with support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Vijay Verma senior JD(U) leader and a close confidant of Yadav said, "Sharad ji is in touch with old friends and is pondering over the political situation. Forming a new party is an option and serious thought is being given."
He further claimed that Sharad Yadav had strictly said to be a part of the coalition of secular parties and had also held a meeting with Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury.
He also informed that the veteran JD-U leader had outright denied becoming a minister in the NDA government at the Centre. Refusing to reveal any named, Verma also claimed Sharad Yadav's social network is widespread on being asked about the leaders whom he has spoken so far.
It may be mentioned that JD(U) MPs Ali Anwar and M P Veerendra Kumar, who were against the decision to join hands with the BJP, have met Yadav to discuss the issue.
Yadav, who is currently a JD-U Rajya Sabha member, had maintained silence over Bihar Chief Minister's decision of dumping RJD and Congress over the corruption case against former Bihar Deputy CM and Lalu Prasad Yadav's younger son Tejashwi Yadav.
He, later, had publically condemned Nitish's decision of going with the BJP.
"People's mandate was not for it (joining hands with the BJP)," Yadav had said outside the Parliament on July 31 and termed the disintegration of the Grand Alliance "unpleasant" and "unfortunate".