Patna, Aug 12: The Janata Dal (United) on Saturday removed Sharad Yadav as the leader of the party in Rajya Sabha, hinting at the apparent split in the party. Sharad Yadav has been replaced with Ram Chandra Prasad Singh. The development has come a day after Nitish Kumar clearly conveyed that he will not make any move to pacify Sharad Yadav after the JD(U)-BJP tie-up. Shutting the doors on any reconciliation with Sharad Yadav, Kumar said he (Yadav) was free to take any decision and the tie-up with BJP to form a government in Bihar wasn’t just his decision but had the nod of the entire party.

“He (Yadav) is free to take his decision. As far as the party is concerned, it has already taken its decision. The decision was not mine alone and it was taken with the consent of the party. If he keeps a different opinion, then he is free to do so,” Kumar said.

Sharad Yadav had said that he still believes he is a part of the Grand Alliance and that JD(U) is not only Nitish Kumar’s party, but also his party. Yadav had also said that the mandate was given to the Grand Alliance and not the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

On Friday, some JD(U) leaders had hinted that Sharad Yadav could face action for taking an “anti-party” stand and attacking Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to tie-up with BJP. “Sharad ji has said that he is still with the Grand Alliance. This is definitely objectionable. JD(U) is now part of NDA alliance in Bihar. Hence no party leader should make a statement like that,” JD(U)’s national spokesperson general secretary KC Tyagi said, reports Indian Express.

Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah has invited Nitish Kumar to re-enter NDA, offering him the post of a co-convenor, as per the reports. “Met JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar yesterday at his residence. I invited him to include JD(U) in the NDA fold,” Shah posted on Twitter.

Longtime allies, Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar broke apart after the latter decided to part ways with RJD over corruption charges on Tajashwi Yadav and join hands with BJP to form a government in Bihar.