Did the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections split the JD(U)?

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

The rift in the JD (U) seems evident now.

JD-U leaders started targeting Yadav since last week after he spoke out against Nitish Kumar's decision to embrace the Bharatiya Janata Party. The JDU's general secretary in Gujarat Ambalal Jadhav too said Mr Vasava had voted for the Congress candidate.

Yadav's tweet also comes at a time when the party has forged ties with the BJP in Bihar to form government, something that apparently did not go down well with him.

Patel won dramatically by a vote against the BJP on Tuesday.

Members of the Indian Youth Congress celebrate the Rajya Sabha election victory of Ahmed Patel outside the AICC HQ in the capital New Delhi on wednesday. "Wish you all success in your career", he tweeted. The sources close to Yadav said of the 10 JD (U) Rajya Sabha MPs, two are part of Sharad Yadav's camp Sharad.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad has also appealed to Yadav to "come out from there (JD-U) and join hands with secular parties to protect the country from communal forces". His congratulatory message has only deepened the mystery if the party is heading for a split.

On Tuesday there was suspense about who the JD (U) MLA had voted for. Tyagi openly declared that the vote was for the BJP. However Chhotubhai Vasava told PTI that he voted for Ahmed Patel as the BJP had done very little for the tribals.

While Bosky, who is also the NCP's Gujarat unit president, remained incommunicado, NCP general secretary Jagdishchandra Dafda claimed that Bosky voted for the Congress, as per the whip issued by party supremo Sharad Pawar. Who is Tyagi to say anything.

"I have voted for Ahmed Patel and performed my duty of being a loyal friend", Vasava said attacking the state's BJP government in Gujarat which, he said, has been looting the state since last 20 years.

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