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Amit Shah formally invites Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) to join NDA

Amit Shah formally invites Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) to join NDA

JD (U)'s Bihar state president, Vashistha Narain Singh has confirmed the reports saying that the move was taken in the wake of Yadav's recent anti-party activities.

Ansari along with Sharad have expressed differences with party chief Nitish's decision to snap ties with Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal and form a government in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party. 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.

If Kumar joins the NDA, then some of his party's lawmakers could get cabinet berths in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

Yadav remained unfazed, asserting that the JD (U) "belonged to him and not just to Kumar".

On Saturday, Sharad Yadav shot back at Nitish Kumar. They have reposed their faith in the chief minister and JD (U) president Nitish Kumar. "Sharad Yadav should accept that Nitish Kumar has that power today and he does not have", Paswan said.

Reacting to his removal and his replacement by Ram Chander Singh in the Rajya Sabha, Yadav said that he doesn't take such matters seriously.

Ansari said the faction led by Nitish has become a "government JD-U".

A delegation of party's Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha members submitted a letter to vice president Venkaiah Naidu declaring Ramchandra Prasad Singh the party's new leader in the Rajya Sabha.

"Yesterday (Friday) they suspended me from the parliamentary party".

Attacking Sharad Yadav who has planned a show of strength in New Delhi on August 17, Tyagi said, "Sharad Yadav has shot an arrow in the dark".

Ansari said that everyone, be it opposition parties, social leaders or anyone with human values, should unite against the "divisive forces" (BJP and RSS).

Kumar could take more action against Yadav and some other sulking leaders after the party's August 19 national executive meeting.