Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Vote No. 44 from JD(U), Cong moves closer to Sharad camp

The third wave of flood had hit 15 districts in Assam on Friday The third wave of flood had hit 15 districts in Assam on Friday
Melinda Barton | 12 August, 2017, 13:53

The development comes after Kumar on Friday virtually shut the door on any reconciliation with rebel leader Sharad Yadav, saying he is free to take any decision as the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party had the entire partys nod.

Janata Dal (U) Rajya Sabha members on Saturday removed Sharad Yadav as their leader in the House and replaced him with R.C.P Singh, a senior party leader said. Karamsi Patel was one of the 44 Congress MLAs the party had flown out and put up at a resort in Bengaluru, followed by one in Anand, Gujarat, a day before polling to avoid "poaching" by BJP.

The Janata Dal (United) has chose to remove rebel Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav as the leader in the House. State Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said the party is also studying the option of initiating legal action against them to bar them from contesting elections for six years.

Retaliating to former Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief and MP Sharad Yadav's comments made on Thursday, party president and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said Yadav is free to make his own decisions in New Delhi on Friday. "Our support is with Ahmed Patel".

"JD (U) isn't only Nitish Kumar's party". He had claimed that that the original party is with him. While the BJP promptly pitted Rajput against Patel in the RS polls, other Congress MLAs began indicating openly that Patel would lose, forcing the Congress to pack off 44 of its MLAs to a resort in Bengaluru in an attempt to fend off more "poaching" by the BJP. The Congress, till two weeks ago, had 57 MLAs in the Gujarat assembly - of which only 45 needed to vote for Patel to ensure that his return to the Rajya Sabha for a record fifth-term was a cake walk.

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