With two of its most senior leaders now on opposing sides of the Indian political spectrum the Janata Dal (United) party is anything but what its name suggests. The strife within the party started days after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar left the UPA camp for the opposing BJP-led NDA camp. Meanwhile, even as most other party leaders have accepted the new direction of the party, others such as Sharad Yadav have stayed with the opposition. And this has led JD(U) President Vashistha Narayan Singh to name 21 elected representatives who have been stripped off their primary membership from the party. The party has even removed Sharad Pawar as the leader of the party in the Rajya Sabha for opposing its decision to align itself with the PM Narendra Modi led NDA government.
Sharad Yadav on Thursday, at an event he had called ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ (Save our composite culture) to mobilise citizens of India in order to safeguard the composite culture of India, spoke about what the recent moves mean for the polity. The programme has been seen as a show of strength event by Sharad Yadav against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. At the event, the former JD(U) parliamentary party leader compared the BJP run government at the Centre with German dictator Adolf Hitler’s regime. Sharad Yadav said ”When the people of the world get together then not even a Hitler can stop them,” according to an Indian Express report.
Senior opposition leaders such as Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress VP Rahul Gandhi as well as other Congress leaders attended the event. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI national secretary D Raja also attended the event. At the event, Rahul Gandhi also trained his guns at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his flagship ‘Make in India’ programme.