JD(U) all set to join NDA on Aug 19

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Aug 2017 10:07:44


NEW DELHI,

Aug 12,

(PTI),

THE Janata Dal (United) will make a formal announcement on joining the NDA in its national executive meeting on August 19 after BJP President Amit Shah invited Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to join the ruling alliance.JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi said the party will approve the proposal in the meeting in Patna. The JD(U) national executive will be chaired by the party chief Nitish Kumar and a decision to join the NDA Government will be formally announced, he said.Tyagi’s comments came following Shah’s invitation to Kumar to join the ruling alliance.

“I met JD(U) president Nitish Kumar at my residence yesterday. I invited JD(U) to join the NDA,” Shah said in a tweet.The Bihar-based party is also likely to join the Narendra Modi Cabinet whenever a reshuffle takes place. Asked if the party would join the Modi Cabinet, a JD(U) leader said such a decision would be “natural”.“When we are together in Government in Bihar, it is only natural that our party joins the Union Government,” he said.Tyagi also claimed that there was no split in the JD(U) as all the MLAs and all the Presidents of the district units of the party in Bihar, beyond which the party did not have recognition, were with Nitish Kumar. He sought to underline that as per the party constitution, Kumar as its President was authorised to take any decision, which would of course be later endorsed by the party national executive.

Tyagi said that the party has no intention to expel Yadav, and would rather want him to attend the August 19 session and put up his views, which would be a democratic way of registering his differences. On asked about the announcement of JD(U) Bihar unit chief Basistha Narain Singh’s statement in Patna that Yadav had been removed from the post of party leader in the Rajay Sabha, Tyagi said he would not contradict Singh, but would not say anything on Yadav’s status in the Upper House unless authorised by the party president. “A formal letter to this effect was handed over to the Vice-President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu”, said Singh, also a sitting Rajya Sabha MP.  He said the action was taken against Sharad Yadav after he was found indulging in activities not in tune with the party line.

He, however, launched a scathing attack on rebel party leader Sharad Yadav, saying that he should not forget that the in the Bihar Assembly election of 2015, the mandate was for Nitish Kumar’s good governance. Tyagi also sought to remind him of his 1999 stint as civil aviation minister in the NDA Government, asking why communalism was not an issue with him at that time. He said it was unfortunate that Yadav was today looking towards the RJD, whose chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had humiliated him so much.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan batted for JD(U) to join the Union Cabinet, saying it was a misfortune that for 27 years the party which ruled Bihar was not part of the Government at the Centre.He also played down reports of a likely tussle among Bihar NDA allies over distribution of seats as the entry of the JD(U) in the alliance would affect claims of other parties, saying the Lok Sabha poll was far away and the grouping was like a “family”.

At a press conference, he also lashed out at JD(U) rebel Sharad Yadav and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, saying the former was a leader without a base while Prasad was using secularism as a cover to hide his and his family’s corruption.