'Break The Party', Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Dares JD(U) Leader Sharad Yadav

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| August 20 , 2017 , 14:45 IST

Days after silent mulling over the Bihar senior leader Sharad Yadav's allegations and taunts, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday responded to the rebel leader challenging him to break the party.

"Let Sharad Yadav split the party. For splitting the party there is need of two-thirds support of party leaders. If he has majority support, he should prove it," said JD(U) President Nitish Kumar.

Addressing an open session after the national executive meeting of the party, Nitish Kumar warned the Rajya Sabha MP to not attend the RJD's upcoming rally saying, "If he attends RJD chief Lalu Prasad's rally here on August 27, then he will cross the Lakshman Rekha (line)."

Nitish Kumar said Sharad Yadav is free to do whatever he wants. "But he will not be able to do anything. It is for all to see. All 71 MLAs and 30 MLCs along with two Lok Sabha MPs are with us."

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Reminding Yadav of the BJP's role in his achievement, Nitish Kumar said that Yadav was elected to the Rajya Sabha with the support and vote of the BJP. "But he is raising his voice against me and giving me sermons," he added.

Citing the opposition's key allegation, Nitish took a dig at RJD leader Lalu Yadav and his family saying, "The mandate was for serving the people of Bihar and not for enriching one family. The mandate was to work for the people of Bihar and not to carry the load of sins of such people."

On the other hand, rebel JD-U faction is claiming that the party belongs to Sharad Yadav. A close aide of senior Bihar leader Sharad Yadav and senior JD(U) leader Arun Srivastav said, "It is Sharad Yadav who formed the JD-U, not Nitish Kumar. The real JD-U belongs to Sharad Yadav and party units in different states across India are with him."

The rebellious faction is also claiming to go after the party's symbol, 'arrow' saying, "We will soon knock on the door of the Election Commission to stake claim over the party symbol 'arrow' and inform (people) that the real party is with him (Sharad), not with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar," Srivastav said.

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Nitish Kumar recently joined the NDA regime after passing a resolution in the national executive meeting of the party.