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Sharad Yadav removed as JD(U) leader in Rajya Sabha for opposing party decision to ally with BJP

New Delhi: Janata Dal(U) Rajya Sabha members Saturday removed Sharad Yadav, who opposed the party's decision to ally with the BJP in Bihar, as their leader in the House and replaced him with RCP Singh, a senior party leader said.

The MPs met Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to hand him a letter appointing Singh as the leader of the JD(United) in the Upper House, the leader said.

File image of Sharad Yadav. AFP

File image of Sharad Yadav. AFP

Singh is a trusted lieutenant of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

The JD(United) has 10 members in the Rajya Sabha. It had last night suspended its Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari from the parliamentary party for attending a meeting of Opposition parties convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Differences between Kumar and Yadav surfaced after the former snapped ties with the Congress and the RJD, and allied with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar in July.

Yadav, who is on a tour of Bihar, has said he still believes he is a part of the grand alliance with the RJD and the Congress.

The JD(United) is not just Nitish Kumar's party, but also his party, he has said.

Yadav also claimed that the real JD(United) was with him and the one with Kumar was 'sarkari' JD(United).

In a related development, BJP president Amit Shah said in a tweet today that he had invited Kumar to join the ruling NDA.

Published Date: Aug 13, 2017 08:08 AM | Updated Date: Aug 13, 2017 08:07 AM

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