The grand alliance won it comfortably with Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD emerging as the highest gainer. After the grand alliance had formed, he had called out the BJP for playing the "politics of dividing... be it in the name of caste or religion".
In the aftermath of the event, 21 party leaders were sacked by Nitish Kumar for participating in Yadav's recent three-day Jan Samwad Yatra, wherein he interacted with the people of the state, indicative of a widening rift in the party.
Janata Dal (United) on Saturday chose to not take any disciplinary action against dissident leader Sharad Yadav despite his "anti-party" activities.
Kumar mentioned that JD (U) principal general secretary Tyagi had pointed out that 16 of the 20 state unit chiefs of the party, all the 71 party MLAs and 30 MLCs of Bihar and the office-bearers of various committees were siding with him. "If he attends RJD chief Lalu Prasad's rally here on 27 August, then he will cross the Lakshman Rekha", he added.
Some other amendments in the party constitution would also be taken up, he said, but refused to divulge details. For splitting the party there is need for two-thirds support of party leaders. "Sharad Yadavji went to another extreme", he further said.
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Rival JD (U) factions headed by Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav will hold parallel meetings on Saturday, indicating that the party may be heading for a split after the disintegration of the Grand Alliance in Bihar.
A few years ago, Nitish Kumar had ended a long alliance with the BJP. Meanwhile, the supporters of Sharad Yadav were protesting outside.
Tyagi said the JD (U) had not split. In democracy, what one says and promises is important.
Talking about the Constitution of India, Yadav said, "The Constitution of India is a holy book which was given to the nation by the members who framed it in such a manner that our people should live together without any difference or the basis of caste and creed". Dalits are insecure. There is massive turmoil in the country's universities today.
The rebel JD (U) programme follows a mega meeting of anti-BJP parties held recently in the national capital, which they said, was to save the "composite culture" of the country. While Nitish stated that he was free to walk out of the party if he does not support his decision, he restrained himself to expel the party leaders even as he consolidated his faction to get Sharad's supporters expelled. "BJP president Amit Shah had asked us to join NDA".