Sharad Yadav Opposition meet Live Updates: The JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP is holding a meet with Opposition leaders in Delhi. The event is being seen as Yadav’s show of strength and a clear message to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The event was called to save the composite culture of the country, according to reports. Top leaders of the Congress, the Left, Samajwadi Party, BSP, TMC and other parties opposed to the BJP have been invited to the programme. This comes after Yadav termed Nitish Kumar’s joining hands with the BJP to form government as a betrayal of the people’s mandate. Yadav also has claimed that the original party is with him. Yadav was also on a three-day tour to Bihar with an aim to hold direct dialogue with the people. In the recently held Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat, a party MLA had voted against BJP. The MLA was said to be close to Yadav, according to reports. With Yadav making it clear that he is charting a different path, JD(U) leaders maintained restraint in using harsh words against him but expressed their displeasure particularly over his company with Lalu Prasad’s RJD.
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6:55 PM: Sharad Yadav at ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ in Delhi says, people are worried that I may fall, they worry if I become a sentry from a minister
6:45 PM: Sharad Yadav at ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ in Delhi says, When ther people of India and and the world rise together then not even a Hitler can stop them
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2:45 PM: PM Narendra Modi has been misusing every agencies in the country, said Patel, who had won a bitter fight against Amit Shah-led BJP in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections.
2:40 PM: WATCH- Sharad Yadav today held conference on ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’
2:35 PM: Congress Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel has lashed out at BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying only two persons were running the country. One is Prime Minister Narendra Modi and de facto PM, said Patel.
2:25 PM: WATCH- Here is what Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said about Rahul Gandhi’s remarks
Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slams Rahul Gandhi for his speech at the ‘Save Composite Culture’ event pic.twitter.com/2WbGfV6dFa
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2:20 PM: On behalf of BJP I ask organizers of composite heritage how they consider merciless killings of RSS workers by CPM and goons in Kerala, says Ravi Shankar Prasad.
1:25 PM: BJP did not keep promise of bringing back black money, offering jobs to youth.They are helping corporates, but not farmers, says Rahul Gandhi.
1:22 PM: One says this country is mine, others say I belong to the country. That’s the difference between RSS and us: Rahul Gandhi
1:20 PM: Rahul Gandhi was speaking at Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ event in Delhi.
1:15 PM: RSS did not salute the Tricolour till it did not rule the country, Rahul Gandhi claims.
1:10 PM: The Constitution says one man one vote. RSS wants to change the Constitution, says Rahul Gandhi.
1:08 PM: PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ has failed, says Rahul Gandhi.
1:07 PM: Rahul Gandhi asks media to “publish news without fearing PM Modi”.
1:05 PM: According to RSS, country belongs to 15-20 industrialists. India will be run by these 15-20 people. They will promote PM Narendra Modi’s marketing strategy, says Rahul Gandhi.
1:02 PM: RSS says India belongs to them and not to the countrymen. They have told this to Dalits in Gujarat, says Rahul Gandhi.
1:00 PM: The Narendra Modi government is imposing RSS ideology in every institution of the country, says Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi
12:15 PM: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are attending the event.
11:30 AM: Original JD(U) is with Sharad Yadav. Nitish Kumar has BJP (U) hai, says Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
11:10 AM: In a statement later, Yadav said Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel, besides former PM Singh and Gandhi from the Congress, Yechury of the CPI(M), Akhilesh Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Aggarwal of the SP, Manoj Jha of the RJD, Farooq Abdullah of the National Congress and former Jharkhand chief minister Babu Lal Marandi had confirmed their participation.
11:05 AM: Tyagi had asked Yadav to reconsider his association with the RJD, saying he was among the few leaders to have resigned as a member of Parliament three times on moral grounds.
11:02 AM: JD(U) leader Tyagi said Yadav should attend the JD(U)’s national executive meeting
10:59 AM: Meanwhile, JD(U) to hold national executive meeting in Patna on August 19
10:57 AM: JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar at ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ event, many Opposition leaders to attend the meet in Delhi
10:53 AM: WATCH- Nitish Kumar’s stern message to Sharad Yadav
10:50 AM: “For god’s sake, he should not go to that rally. We have no problem with the questions he is raising but we will take exception to him sharing stage with tainted people. If he does not attend Lalu’s rally, then we will respect him more. He should not be seen with evil forces,” Tyagi told a press conference.
10:45 AM: Tyagi, however, suggested that the veteran socialist will cross the red line of the party’s discipline if he takes part in the RJD’s August 27 rally in Patna as he called the Prasad-led party “corrupt” and “evil forces”.
10:40 AM: Top leaders of the Congress, the Left, Samajwadi Party, BSP, TMC and other parties opposed to the BJP have been invited to today’s meet, seen as Yadav’s show of strength against the JD(U) chief and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, with whom he fell out over Kumar’s decision to rejoin hands with the BJP.
10:35 AM: WATCH- I-T department may file a criminal complaint against Lalu Yadav and his daughter
Income tax department likely to file a criminal complaint against Lalu Yadav and his clan. Watch details. pic.twitter.com/mNGYos65J1
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10:30 AM: JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi, at the same time, downplayed Yadav’s move to invite the opposition leaders, saying nobody will have any objection over a meeting on “saving composite culture”, the stated objective of the event.
WATCH- Here is what Sharad Yadav had said about Nitish Kumar
10:25 AM: The JD(U) had asked its rebel leader Sharad Yadav to shun the company of “evil forces” as it took a swipe at Lalu Prasad-led RJD, which will attend a meeting of the opposition hosted by Yadav on Thursday
10:20 AM: The JD(U), which has asked Yadav not to hold the event, removed him as its parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha when he continued with his campaign against the alliance with the BJP.
10:15 AM: Yadav was accompanied by Ali Anwar Ansari, a Rajya Sabha member suspended from the parliamentary party by the JD(U), and Arun Shrivastava, recently sacked from the post of general secretary.
10:10 AM: Sources close to him said invites had been sent to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad among others in the Congress, Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M), Lalu Prasad of the RJD, Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, besides others.
10:05 AM: WATCH- Here is all you want to know about Sharad Yadav-Nitish Kumar rift
10:00 AM: He cited incidents such as the suicide of Rohith Vemula and the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, besides suicides of farmers across the country, to suggest that the situation was tough for underprivileged people.
9:55 AM: While supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments against violence in the name of faith, Yadav said it was not reflected on the ground and Modi needed to tell his party’s governments to follow his dictum.
9:51 AM: While refusing to answer questions on his disapproval of Bihar Chief Minister Kumar’s alliance with the BJP, the former JD(U) chief said the decision to hold tomorrow’s event was taken weeks ago, when his party was with the loose opposition group.
9:48 AM: “The ‘sajha virasat bachao sammelan’ (save composite culture programme) is not against anybody but in the interest of the country. This is in the interest of 125 crore people of the country,” he said.
9:45 AM: Asked who would attend the meeting, he told reporters, “There would be hardly anybody from the opposition who will not come”.
9:42 AM: Asserting that “composite culture” was the soul of the Constitution, which Yadav alleged was being “tinkered with”, he said similar meetings would be held across the country.
9:40 AM: WATCH- The rift between Sharad Yadav and CM Nitish Kumar has widened; here is why
9:35 AM: Leaders from opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, are expected to attend an event tomorrow, hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, that seeks to save the “composite culture” of the country.
9:30 AM: Top leaders of the Congress, the Left, Samajwadi Party, BSP, TMC and other parties opposed to the BJP have been invited to the programme which is being seen as Yadav’s show of strength against his party chief Nitish Kumar’s decision to ally with the BJP.