Is Sharad Yadav's expulsion from JD (U) on the cards?
Although Nitish Kumar has not directly attacked Sharad Yadav so far, the JD (U) chief has on several occasions hinted that Yadav should refrain from anti party activities.
Lalu Prasad Yadav is organising an anti-BJP rally in Patna on August and Sharad Yadav along with Mamata Banerjee and Congress leaders are set to take part in it.
The question is whether attending a rally called by the RJD will amount to anti-activity or not? Well, the term anti-party activity does not have a strict definition as such, it is something that the party leadership decides.
Nitish has reportedly exhorted Sharad Yadav not to attend a rally in Patna, in that case, if the estranged leader does so, it may well be considered as betraying the party. Then it needs to be seen what kind of action JD (U) takes against Yadav.
Another thing to be considered here is whether JD (U) is more keen to chuck Sharad Yadav out or Sharad Yadav more keen to leave the party. Speculations are also rife that the JD (U) is waiting for Sharad to indulge in anti-party activity so that an action can be taken. What that action could be is something that we have to wait and watch.
Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) on August 19 passed a resolution at the National Executive meeting to join BJP-led NDA at the Centre. The resolution paved the way for party men to join the Union ministry.
Before the meeting began, the party had denied rift in the party and sought 'on the record' statement by rebel leader Shard Yadav over his disagreement with the party.
Senior JD (U) leader KC Tyagi, who is with Nitish Kumar faction, said: ''We want it on record that though Sharadv Yadav Ji does not agree with party's decisions but there is no rift in the party.''
Ever since Nitish Kumar formed an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the developments in Janata Dal (United) have been giving indications of dissent among party leaders.
Firstly, Sharad Yadav maintained his silence over the new alliance, then he was removed as parliamentary leader of the party followed by suspension of 21 members believed to be his loyalists.
It is also not clear who all will attend Lalu's 'BJP Bhagao Rally' on August 27. BSP supremo Mayawati will not be attending the rally and senior BSP leader Satish Mishra will represent the party. It is also not clear if Rahul Gandhi will attend the rally or not. From Congress, it is Ghulam Nabi Azad and CP Joshi who will be attending the rally.
Meanwhile, the RJD chief is travelling across the state to mobilise people for the August 27 rally, which he has claimed would be a major occasion to bring together the secular forces on one platform against the BJP ahead of the 2019 polls.