Amit Shah invites Nitish Kumar to join NDA; Bihar politics heats up

Amit Shah invites Nitish Kumar to join NDA; Bihar politics heats up

Amit Shah invites Nitish Kumar to join NDA; Bihar politics heats up

The decision comes in the wake of Sharad Yadav's misgivings over Nitish Kumar's decision to break away from the Mahagathbandhan and form a government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar.

Also, he took a dig at Yadav for calling Nitish Kumar's JD-U "sarkari party" saying: "When he (Yadav) was minister in the NDA government, then it was not a sarkari party but a revolutionary party".

The party handed over a formal letter to vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu, informing him that from now on Singh would replace Yadav as parliamentary party leader in the RS.

Rejecting Ansari's allegations as baseless, K C Tyagi, Nitish's aide in Delhi, said the entire Bihar unit, including all MLAs, MLCs, national executive members, district committees members, and the party cadre, were with Nitish. "The original JD (U) in association with secular forces would form a government after next general election".

Tyagi said Sharad Yadav won from Madhepura with the BJP's support in 1999. Sharad Yadav said that he remains committed to the Congress-led opposition, which is trying to fight the growing influence of NDA.

Congress high command Sonia Gandhi had invited nearly all the opposition parties to unite as one entity against the BJP-led government on Friday, ahead of the last day of the monsoon session. The invitation was extended to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a meeting of the two leaders.

Reacting to his removal and his replacement by Ram Chander Singh in the Rajya Sabha, Yadav said that he doesn't take such matters seriously. "I met JD (U) president Nitish Kumar at my residence yesterday".

A day earlier, Nitish had suspended party deputy leader Ali Anwar Ansari in the Rajya Sabha for attending a meeting of Opposition parties, convened by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Calling the move a "necessary step", Narayan said that if a person who is a leader indulges in anti-party activities, it must be condemned.

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