Sharad Yadav Talks Tough, Remains Defiant in the Face of EC Ruling

JD-U leader Sharad Yadav (file photo).

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New Delhi: Despite being slapped once by the Election Commission that told him he was not entitled to claim the 'ownership' of the Janata Dal – U or its election symbol of arrow, the disgruntled JD-U leader Sharad Yadav said he was not giving up on the party that he built with his own hand or the symbol that he said rightly belonged to him.

"I will soon show them that I am the real JD-U and Nitish Kumar is the one who is engaging in anti-party activities," Yadav who could be on the verge of losing his Rajya Sabha membership, said in Delhi on Wednesday.

The former JD-U President said that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was never in favor of joining hands with Nitish Kumar after he walked out of the NDA in 2013.

"It was Nitish Kumar who was too eager to get in the good grace of Lalu ji. He was making frequent visits to Lalu ji's home in an attempt to convince him to join hands with him but Lalu ji had no interest in him. It was only at the insistence of Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and I that Lalu ji agreed to join the Grand Alliance with JD-U and Congress," Yadav, who has no base of his own in Bihar and who was handily defeated by the then Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Pappu Yadav from Madhepura, said.

Yadav, who, according to many sources has a standing invitation to quit the JD-U and join RJD, said that Nitish Kumar was more than willing to get the support of Lalu Prasad Yadav who is a tainted leader and remains convicted in the fodder scam case but made a big issue about Tejaswi Yadav who was only accused of amassing properties beyond his known sources of income.

"Why did he shake hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav if he was so particular about not compromising with corruption?" he asked.

The former JD-U President said that he did not need a lesson on corruption from Nitish Kumar or anyone else because each time people cast aspersion on his character, he resigned from his post.

Meanwhile, JD-U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar advised Sharad Yadav to quit JD-U and join the RJD where he would be free to chant 'Long Live Lalu and Long Live Tejaswi Yadav.

"The Election Commission has already told him that he is not the real JD-U and he is also likely to lose his Rajya Sabha membership. I would advise him to forget about the JD-U and grab the lantern (the RJD election symbol) as soon as he can," Neeraj Kumar said.

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