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JD(U) formally joins BJP-led NDA

20 August 2017

"All the 16 state units of the party, except the Kerala unit, are with Nitish Kumar".

The BJP and the JD-U, partners for almost two decades, unchained acrimoniously in 2013.

The Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) is joining the BJP-led NDA.

After almost two decades of coalition, Kumar pulled out of NDA in 2013 when the BJP chose Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections.

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Senior Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that a lot of party men inside JD (U) are unhappy with Nitish Kumar. The JD (U) is registered with the Election Commission as a regional party of Bihar, he had said. Yadav claims his faction of the party is the genuine unit.

Janata Dal (United) on Saturday made a decision to not take any disciplinary action against dissident leader Sharad Yadav despite his "anti-party" activities. "But if he attends Lalu's proposed rally on August 27, he will be crossing Laxman rekha, and may then eventually invite disciplinary action", said JD (U) secretary general KC Tyagi.

Ever since the split between JD (U) and RJD, Yadav had been publicly protesting against Nitish's decision in political meetings and rallies.

The Congress on Wednesday blamed the BJP government for destroying the "composite culture" of the country and said that the conference organised by Sharad Yadav would help in upholding it.

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At the party meet, Nitish dared the rebels to gather numbers for a split or be prepared to face music.

Loyalists of Sharad Yadav, who has spoken out against Nitish's decision to join hands with the BJP, are also organising a programme, "Jan Adalat" at SK Memorial hall. They carry photographs of Sharad Yadav, JD (U) Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar Ansari and former state minister Ramai Ram, who was suspended by Bihar JD (U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh.

The corruption charges against Lalu Yadav and his family gave Nitish Kumar the exit route he needed. State JD (U) presidents from Punjab, Jharkhand and other states were present in the meeting when the proposal was approved unanimously. "I was not served any notice or asked for any explanation".

"Why didn't Sharad Yadav raise objections in 2013, when we were parting away from the NDA government?"

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JD(U) formally joins BJP-led NDA