JD-U Rajya Sabha Member Resigns Citing Difference with Nitish

Former JD-U MP Veerendra Kumar and JD-U President and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.

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Patna: Janata Dal – U MP from Kerala Veerendra Kumar on Wednesday resigned from his Rajya Sabha membership citing ideological differences with party President Nitish Kumar thus reducing the number of JD-U members in the Upper House to a meagre seven.

As reported before, the number JD-U leaders in the Rajya Sabha dropped from 10 to 8 when the chairperson of the Upper House M Venkaiya Naidu rescinded the membership of Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar at the behest of party President Nitish Kumar after the two, in defiance of the party leadership, chose to attend a rally organized by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Kumar, accusing the two of indulging in anti-party activities, had asked the Rajya Sabha chairperson to withdraw their House membership.

In his resignation letter, Veerendra Kumar, an octogenarian, said that he did not approve of his party joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar when the people's mandate was for the Grand Alliance.

"I resigned because as per the existing rules, I am a member of Nitish Kumar's party and I should sit with them in the Upper House. However, now that he has decided to align with the Sangh Parivar, I have no other option but to resign from my position," he said.

Kumar said he had talked to rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav to discuss the next course of action.


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