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Sharad Yadav Fires ‘Black Money’ Salvo at BJP, His Party’s New Ally

Taking to Twitter, Sharad Yadav, who is said to be unhappy with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s return to the NDA, also questioned why no one named in the Panama Papers scandal has been “caught” yet.

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Updated:July 30, 2017, 11:18 AM IST
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Sharad Yadav Fires ‘Black Money’ Salvo at BJP, His Party’s New Ally
File photo of Senior JDU leader Sharad Yadav.
New Delhi: Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav took potshots at the BJP, his party’s new ally, on Sunday, saying it was yet to fulfill its election promise of bringing back black money stashed abroad.

Taking to Twitter, Yadav, who is said to be unhappy with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s return to the NDA, also questioned why no one named in the Panama Papers scandal has been “caught” yet.



The tweet — Yadav’s first reaction to the political drama — comes a day after Nitish Kumar formed the cabinet of his new NDA-backed government, giving Finance and Commercial Taxes portfolios to his deputy and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.

The new cabinet has 27 ministers — 14 from the JD(U), 12 from the BJP and one from the LJP.

Two JD(U) MPs, Ali Anwar and Veerendra Kumar, openly criticised Nitish Kumar’s move to break away from the Mahagathbandhan and met Sharad Yadav, former chief of the JD(U).

Anwar, who said his "conscience does not support" Kumar's action, told reporters that Yadav agreed with their "strong" views against the JD(U)-BJP alliance.

Yadav, Anwar said, told them he would take a formal stand on the issue after speaking to other leaders.

Kerala JD(U) president MP Veerendra Kumar expressed "shock" over Nitish Kumar's decision and said the state unit would not follow the chief minister into the NDA fold.

He appealed to all JD(U) MPs to "denounce the decision and quit the party".

Anwar said his reservations over the new coalition should not be seen as a rebellion against the party and he would present his views within the organisation. "He (Yadav) had called us to his residence. He agreed with our views against the alliance with the BJP," Anwar said.

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