JD(U) decides to join NDA

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar dared rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav to break the party and threatened him that his Rajya Sabha membership would be terminated in case he did not have enough numbers to split the party.

Without taking Yadav's name, Nitish said at the open session of the party's national council: “Do you have enough strength to break JD(U)? Do you have two-thirds of MPs and MLAs? If you can't break the party, remember, your membership (of Rajya Sabha) will be terminated.“ At a meeting of its national executive, which was attended by all JD(U) MLAs ­ including those from the Seemanchal region which Yadav loves to describe as his stronghold ­ the party decided to formally join the BJP-led NDA. Yadav represented Madhepura Lok Sabha seat in the Seemanchal region four times before becoming the JD(U) Rajya Sabha member in 2014.

Contrary to Yadav's claim that he had the support of 14 state units, all the 71 JD(U) MLAs and 30 MLCs in Bihar, two Lok Sabha members, seven Rajya Sabha members and a majority of national office bearers attended the national executive meeting which was chaired by Nitish. Nitish's warning to Yadav came on the day he organised his `jan adalat' programme in Patna against the JD(U)-BJP tie-up.

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