New Delhi: Breaking his silence for the first time after the grand alliance faced rupture, Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) leader Sharad Yadav on Monday called the decision in Bihar ‘unfortunate’.
“I don’t agree with the decision in Bihar, its unfortunate. The mandate by the people was not for this,” Yadav said.
Nitish Kumar, on last Wednesday, ended his two-year grand alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress, citing a “call of conscience” over corruption charges slapped against his former deputy and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tejaswi Yadav.
Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi and Tejaswi are central to a CBI inquiry into the land-for-hotels deal when Lalu was the Union railways minister.
Veteran JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav was also not present during the oath taking ceremony of Nitish Kumar last week.
The leader, however, expressed his dissatisfaction with the split in JD(U) and RJD alliance on social media. He for the first time spoke on the issue with media on Monday.
Sharad Yadav has been indirectly hitting out at BJP. The recent attack came on Sunday when Yadav told that BJP has failed to keep the promise of bringing back black money stashed abroad.
“Neither black money stashed abroad returned, one of the main slogans of the ruling party, nor anyone caught out of those named in Panama papers,” Yadav took to Twitter.
He also targeted the Centre for lack of development in the country. He said, “Although Govt collects number of cesses in d name of different services from public, yet don’t see any improvement in any area in d country.”
Sharad Yadav also termed the Union government’s Crop Insurance Scheme ‘unsuccessful’ and said, “Amongst others Fasal Bima Yojana is another unsuccessful scheme of d Govt through which only private insurance companies being benefitted.”
In his Twitter account Sharad Yadav also asked for an explanation from the government over slow growth in infrastructure sector. “Almost all sectors of d economy are showing slow growth & in d major sector infrastructure also investment declined sharply.Govt to explain,” he said.