NEW DELHI: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar appears bracing up to the possibility of expelling senior party leader Sharad Yadav who has launched mass contact programme in the state. In a meeting of the party MPs, the chief minister was asked to take disciplinary action against Yadav and other leaders who have defied the decision to join the NDA.
“The chief minister had called a meeting of all the MPs of the party at Bihar Bhavan. All the MPs called upon to take action against Yadav and senior party leader Ramai Ram. Despite a consensus decision to join the NDA, Yadav and his associates have sought to embarrass the chief minister by launching public meetings in Bihar. We have asked the chief minister to expel Yadav and his associates before the national executive meeting of the party on August 19 in Patna,” said a senior JD (U) leader.
The Bihar chief minister also called on the BJP president Amit Shah on Friday. The BJP termed the first meeting after the JD (U) joined the NDA as a courtesy call. However, sources said that the BJP chief discussed the possibility of a few JD (U) MPs joining the council of ministers headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Cabinet is likely to see an expansion and reshuffle this month, sources added. The JD (U) on the basis of the party strength in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is likely to get two berths in the Union Cabinet.
With Yadav, who had been the JD (U) chief holding “Sanjhi Viraasat”, which is being talked of the coming together of the Opposition on August 17 to discuss the future course of actions to counter the BJP, Kumar is reportedly coming under pressure to take early action against the rebel leader.