Ram Vilas Paswan bats for JD(U) joining Union Cabinet

Nitish calls on Modi, Amit Shah

Nitish calls on Modi, Amit Shah

According to JD-U sources, the decision to remove Sharad Yadav from the party post has been communicated to the Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. BJP president Amit Shah had extended the invite to Nitish during their meeting in Delhi on Friday. "The JD (U) will formally pass a resolution during the national executive meeting in Patna to join the NDA on August 19".

Kumar nearly shut the door on any reconciliation with Yadav, saying he is free to take any decision as the alliance with the BJP had the entire party's nod.

Nitish led Janata Dal (United), on Saturday removed senior leader Sharad Yadav as the party's leader in the upper house of the Parliament, fielding RCP Singh to replace him as their new Rajya Sabha member.

Sharad Yadav's removal from the party comes a day after another leader Anwar Ali was removed for attending a meeting called by Congress to form a strategy against BJP.

Party leader KC Tyagi said Ansari has been "suspended from the parliamentary party" for attending the meeting.

JD (U) did not turn a blind eye to all the activities of Sharad. "Now Bihar will progress at a very fast pace", he said. As far as party is concerned, it has already taken its decision.

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. "All the party MLAs and MLCs from Bihar are with us". Sources said that while one person from the JDU would be given a Cabinet berth, another may be given a Minister of State rank as and when the Cabinet expansion happens.

"He (Yadav) is free to take his decision". 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.

Talking about Sharad Yadav's proximity to Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD, he said during Sharad Yadav's Bihar visit this week, he was surrounded by people from RJD right from the airport, where he landed. He says he is taking people's opinion.

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