After initially raising the bogey of Opposition unity, the Bihar chief minister has since switched sides to the NDA, however, Mr Yadav has refused to accept his decision. CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury "deliberately" left after 40 minutes into the meeting, claiming that his party had problems over an electoral alliance with the Congress, sources said. "The combined efforts of Centre and state will help the state reach new heights of development". "I invited JD (U) to join the NDA", Shah said in a tweet. JD (U) has two MPs in the Lok Sabha and nine in Rajya Sabha, which is very crucial for the BJP considering it is in minority in the Upper House.
When asked if opposition parties are going to attend the rally called by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on 27 August in Patna, Azad said that there was a discussion on it and all the opposition leaders who are keen on attending it will be doing so.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday criticised the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led-Central Government's demonetisation policy, dubbing it as the root cause of poverty and unemployment in the country today.
The Bihar CM snapped ties with NDA in 2013 after spending 17 years with BJP.
The JD (U) will reportedly be offered two managerial berths in the Centre, however it will take time as the party will try to replace Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar with new members in Rajya Sabha. The rift that surfaced during the Gujarat Rajya Sabha biennial elections, widened after the Friday meet and may worsen if the NCP tries to snatch the post of leader of opposition in the wake of the potential political developments in the state.When the NCP made a decision to boycott the meet to protest against questions being raised on its integrity, the Congress said the NCP was trying to get closer with the BJP.The bitterness between the two may worsen as the NCP is planning to stake claim on the post of leader of state assembly as well.
Speaking to ANI, MP Vashistha Narayan Singh said, 'This was important and was done due to Sharad Yadav's anti-party activities'.
'The whole party agreed to Nitish Kumar's decision to dissociate itself from the grand alliance in Bihar, ' he added.
".Congress party will win the election on the strength of its work, the work done towards farmers, youth in the state".