"There are two JD (U) s in Bihar, one is sarkari (official) and another is janata (of the people)".
"We are the real one as we are still with the principles of the JD-U, but they have changed and become BJD-U", he added, in a jibe at the Nitish faction which has sided with the BJP to form government in Bihar. Now, that Sharad has been removed the party's leader post in Rajya Sabha, he will have to sit in the back benches. This is a historic moment for Bihar when the same alliance is at the helm of affairs in the state and at the Centre.
"Some party leaders are threatening me and those siding with me.I have faced Indira Gandhi and was not scared".
The JDU MPs, on Saturday, met the Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, handing him the letter, appointing Mr RCP Singh as their leader in the upper house, told a party leader. Yadav had also said that the mandate was given to the Grand Alliance and not the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Lantern is the poll symbol of Lalu Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). In a defiant tone, he questioned Nitish's authority for taking the "dictatorial" decision of removing Yadav from the position without holding any party meeting, and said it was time to take the battle to the masses. RJD supporters in large numbers along with some JD (U) workers had accorded reception to Yadav at Ramashish Chowk, Anjanpeer chowk in Hajipur in Vaishali district. We founded the party. Sharad Yadav said that he remains committed to the Congress-led opposition, which is trying to fight the growing influence of NDA.
While the JD (U) has 10 members in the Rajya Sabha, including Yadav, two of them - Ali Anwar Ansari and M P Veerendra Kumar - have spoken out against Nitish. "Why didn't he protest then", Tyagi said.
Ansari said that everyone, be it opposition parties, social leaders or anyone with human values, should unite against the "divisive forces" (BJP and RSS).