Party had no idea about CM Nitish's plan, claims JD(U)

| Updated: Jul 28, 2017 03:41 IST

New Delhi [India], July 27 (ANI): Surprised with the overnight change in the government in Bihar, Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) senior leaders on Thursday asserted they had no idea about the decision being taken by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. "We are not being rebellious, by meeting Sharad Yadav. The entire episode took place so suddenly. We, including Sharad Yadav, had no idea that such a big development would happen overnight. It is surprising," JD(U) leader Ali Anwar after meeting Sharad Yadav here said. Anwar said that they met Yadav and the latter has assured that the matter will be discussed with other leaders of the state and then the decision will be taken on the same. Echoing similar sentiment, another JD (U) leader Arun Kumar said everybody in the party is concerned over the decision taken by the Bihar Chief Minister, including Sharad Yadav. "We met Sharad Yadav today who is founder member of the JD(U) and raised concern over the decision of Nitish Kumar. He took this decision without discussing it with any senior leader of the party. Even Sharad Yadav is worried about this," Kumar said. Kumar said that raising the issue or expressing one's concern is not being rebellious; it is just that it is important to maintain the democracy of the party. Bihar saw a major midnight political drama soon after Nitish Kumar resigned yesterday as Bihar Chief Minister to protest against his Deputy and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Supremo Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav's stubbornness to stay in the Cabinet despite being named in an F.I.R. over the corruption charges. However, Tejashwi put the onus on Nitish and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the latest political development in the state. Tejashwi said that political vendetta against him exposed the Opposition's viciousness. "I delivered manifold than what was expected of me. My performance perturbed our ally and the BJP. The vendetta against me exposes their viciousness," he tweeted. The RJD on Thursday morning was forced to cancel its protest march to Raj Bhavan to oppose Kumar's swearing-in ceremony due to the probationary orders. (ANI)