Within weeks of his party's sensational break away from the Mahagathbandhan and subsequent link-up with the NDA, Sharad Yadav has been sacked as the JD(U) leader in the Rajya Sabha. He is still said to be a member of the party, however, while Ramchandra Prasad Singh will take his place at the helm of party affairs in the upper house.
Confirming the move, Bihar party President Bashistha Narain Singh said it was an important move due to Yadav’s recent “anti-party activities”, reported ANI. He said, "he (Sharad Yadav) hasn't been removed, just replacing him with RCP Singh. Was important due to Yadav's recent actions: Bashishtha Narayan, JDU", adding, “it was a necessary step because being a leader if a person indulges in anti-party activities it has to be condemned unanimously.”
JD(U)'s Rajya Sabha MPs, and 2 Lok Sabha MPs had submitted a letter to the Vice President Venkaiah Naidu regarding removal of Sharad Yadav, who was said to have been uncomfortable with the recent developments in Bihar. Yadav, who has been elected to the Lok Sabha on seven occasions and the Rajya Sabha, two times, was being courted by the Congress and the RJD amid talk that he may break away from Nitish Kumar and form his own party.
Earlier on Saturday, Nitish Kumar accepted the position of NDA co-convenor, which was offered to him by BJP party president Amit Shah.
(With inputs from ANI)