Sharad Yadav faction appoints Chotubhai Amarsinh Vasava as JD-U chief

Political observers say Sharad is trying to buy time by taking the poll symbol issue to the courts till next year when the frenzy of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will start.

Arun Srivastava, the JD-U leader who was recently expelled from the party by Nitish Kumar, said that a representative of the new JD-U would meet with the Election Commission on Monday to stake claim on the party and to declare Nitish Kumar and his supporters non-members of the party.

Mr Yadav, who claims the real JD (U) is with him, held a “bonafide” national convention of the party in here on Sunday. This led to two factions in the party, one led by Nitish Kumar and the other led by Sharad Yadav.

THE Sharad Yadav faction of Janata Dal (United) on Sunday removed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar from the post of party’s president and appointed senior Gujarat party leader Chhotu Bhai Vasava as its working president. 19 state unit presidents had attended the meeting.

Vasava said that JD-U will form a coalition with other non-NDA parties like the Congress, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (CPI) and other like-minded parties in Gujarat. Having lost the battle for the party’s poll symbol arrow at the Election Commission, Sharad has planned a meeting of the national executive on September 17, followed by a bigger national council meet on October 8, which will show which way the wind is blowing.

The members of the Yadav faction during the meeting opposed the disqualification of Sharad Yadav from the Rajya Sabha seat. “The internal differences in JDU a are an outside matter of a party and it has nothing to do with the conduct of Sharad Yadav inside Rajya Sabha”.

CPM chief Sitaram Yechury said the RS chairman should not “suo moto” act on Nitish camp’s petition and must, instead, refer it to the privileges and ethics committee of the House.

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