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After Resignation, Challenge for Nitish Kumar is to Keep His House United

Even on Wednesday, just before Nitish Kumar was to meet his legislatures, one of the MLA, Poonam Devi who is from Yadav community, openly said that she would defend RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav in the meeting.

Alok Kumar | News18dmalok

Updated:July 26, 2017, 9:52 PM IST
After Resignation, Challenge for Nitish Kumar is to Keep His House United
File photo of JD(U) leader and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. (PTI)

Patna: After resigning from the post of chief minister, JD (U) Nitish Kumar’s big challenge is to keep his own party united as few leaders have been critical of his intention to join hands with BJP.

In a recently held meeting to discuss the issue of Tejashwi Yadav, against whom CBI has filed an FIR in a land graft case, many party leaders voiced their concerns amid opposition of other fellow party men.

Bijendra Yadav, MLA and commerce minister in, warned Nitish against going with the BJP and said, "Nitish ji people of Bihar have elected you and Lalu both. Any attempt to scuttle the alliance would have serious repercussions."

Even on Wednesday, just before Nitish was to meet his legislatures, one of the MLA, Poonam Devi who is from Yadav community, openly said that she would defend Tejashwi in the meeting.

Like Bijendra and Poonam, 18 out of 71 JD(U)'s MLAs are Muslims or Yadavs, a constituency which always supported Lalu Prasad.

Senior leader Uday Narayan Chaudhary, who was assembly speaker, also opposed Nitish and stressed to continue alliance with the RJD.

But all eyes are now on Sharad Yadav who has been against the breaking of the alliance. News18 tried to contact him after Nitish tendered resignation but he refused to comment over the issue.

Very recently, when Nitish met Sharad in Delhi, the later conveyed his compulsion to support Lalu citing 'social compulsions'. A senior leader, privy to the conversation, told News18 that he was referring to Yadav vote bank.

It is learnt that Party Rajya Sabha MP from Kerala, M Birendra Kumar, and Sharad are on the page. Birendra went against Nitish's move to support NDA's presidential nominee and voted in favour of Congress backed candidate Meira Kumar.

It would be interesting to see how JD (U) Anil Hegde will react. He is authorised to conduct party's organisational election and he is very close to Sharad.

Since Nitish is national president of the party, It is important to have supporting numbers in other states where Sharad is considered more influential.

Despite the anti-defection law, the JD (U) has not been a rock solid unit. History goes back to Nineties when Nitish was heading the Samata Party. Even during his second stint as chief minister, Nitish saw Jeetan Ram Manjhi, Brishan Patel, Nitish Mishra, Shahid Ali Khan and few others leave JD(U) in a hurry.

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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