April 18, 2021

Bihar meeting elections: Stage set for Sharad Yadav’s return to Janata Dal (United)

New Delhi: Sharad Yadav may come again to the Janata Dal (United) fold earlier than the Bihar meeting elections, folks near the previous JD(U) nationwide president stated.

A number of senior social gathering leaders together with chief minister Nitish Kumar have referred to as and spoken to Yadav in the previous couple of days, paving the way in which for his return, they stated.

Yadav had left JD(U) in 2017 after the social gathering underneath Kumar moved away from the grand alliance with RJD and Congress, and joined BJP to kind the brand new authorities. In Could 2018, he shaped his personal social gathering Loktantrik Janata Dal. However in 2019 he contested Lok Sabha elections from Madhepura on RJD ticket and misplaced.

Yadav was admitted in a Gurgaon hospital for the previous one month and received discharged on Sunday.

JD(U) principal secretary normal Ok C Tyagi referred to as Yadav whereas he was in hospital, folks near Yadav stated. Tyagi additionally facilitated a chat between the chief minister and Yadav’s spouse. Later Kumar additionally spoke to Yadav. The talks have been taken ahead by Bihar cupboard minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav on behalf of Kumar, they stated.

JD(U) leaders neither confirmed Yadav’s proposed return to the social gathering nor denied it.

“Sharad ji was maintaining unwell and it was only a courtesy name by me and Kumar to test on his wellbeing,” Tyagi informed ET.

JD(U) spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan stated there shouldn’t be any shock if Yadav returned. “Sharad ji is an previous socialist chief and has been feeling uneasiness within the grand alliance. Nobody ought to be stunned if any such growth takes place,” he informed ET.

As per sources near Yadav, there are a number of causes for him to contemplate returning to JD(U).

For one, he may return to the Rajya Sabha and retain his official residence in Delhi. Yadav was disqualified as Rajya Sabha member in December 2017. He had challenged the disqualification in the Delhi Excessive Court docket and the case remains to be pending. The Supreme Court docket has allowed him to retain his official residence until the case is determined. His membership was to finish in July 2022.

Additionally, Yadav has not been getting consideration from RJD in current occasions, folks near him stated. whereas a number of JD(U) leaders have referred to as him not too long ago to investigate about his well being, nobody from RJD has referred to as him, they stated.

Even in 2019, when the RJD gave three to 5 tickets to events of Upendra Kushwaha, Jitan Ram Manjhi and Mukesh Sahani, “we got two tickets and that too on RJD image”, an individual near Yadav informed ET. “Even in the course of the current Rajya Sabha elections, Sharad ji was ignored for some unknown names from RJD.”

Return of the 73-year-old chief has quite a lot of symbolic worth for JD(U) within the wake of upcoming meeting elections.