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Bihar brouhaha: Sharad Yadav breaks silence, calls Nitish’s power-swap “unfortunate”, betrayal of mandate



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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Former Janata Dal (United) chief has been sulking ever since Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar broke the Mahagathbandhan last week and chose to ally with BJP to return to office within four hours of his ‘conscience call’

Emerging from his five-day-long ‘political hibernation’, former Janata Dal (United) chief and the party’s seniormost Rajya Sabha member, Sharad Yadav, finally broke his silence on Monday over Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to purge his own Mahagathbandhan government last Thursday and then be sworn-in to office within 16 hours with the BJP as his ally.

Yadav confirmed speculations that he was not happy with Kumar’s decision to resign as chief minister of the 20-month-old JD (U)-RJD-Congress Mahagathbandhan government and stopped just shy of terming as blatant betrayal his decision to take the BJP’s support to return as the state’s top executive last Friday.

Speaking to mediapersons outside the Parliament on Monday, a visibly upset Yadav said: “Whatever happened is very unfortunate. The mandate by the people was not for this.”

Yadav had gone into a studied silence the moment Nitish Kumar announced his resignation last Thursday evening – a move that had left his alliance partners, RJD chief Lalu Yadav, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders stunned. It is widely believed that Kumar had not kept Sharad Yadav in the loop on his surprise move, putting him in an embarrassing position at a time when for Rajya Sabha MP was at the forefront of the Opposition’s effort to corner the Narendra Modi-led BJP government both inside and outside the Parliament.

RJD chief Lalu Yadav had earlier indicated that Sharad was sulking over Kumar’s decision. “He (Sharad) had called me after the trust vote on Friday and said that he wasn’t happy about what was happening… he even urged me to carry on my fight,” Lalu had told mediapersons, adding that he replied to the former JD (U) chief saying he should “join us and lead our fight against the BJP and its allies”.

Sharad’s silence in the days following Kumar’s high political drama was being attributed to two things. First, there were clear attempts by senior JD (U) leaders as well as the BJP to keep Sharad from speaking out against the Bihar chief minister and the grapevine was abuzz with speculation that he might be offered a key portfolio in the Narendra Modi government since his party could now join the NDA at the Centre too. Sharad’s meeting with union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Friday had further strengthened this rumour. Second, those who know Sharad well claim that he was weighing his options and didn’t want to openly confront Kumar, or resign from the JD (U), as this would mean that he would also lose his Rajya Sabha membership which still has three more years before it ends.

Sources say that Sharad’s hope of getting a hefty portfolio in the Narendra Modi cabinet didn’t meet a favourable response – possibly because of his recent attacks on the Prime Minister during interventions in the Rajya Sabha and also his frosty relations with Kumar.

The wily politician that he is, Yadav seems to have – for now – decided to stay within the JD (U) and act as the party’s internal voice of dissent at least till a time when he is either won over by Kumar or can break away and join some other party or form his own. Doing so would give Sharad at least some bargaining power, which he currently does not have since he is neither a leader with a mass base nor one who has a significant hold over the JD (U) legislators in the Bihar assembly.

Sharad’s open disapproval of Kumar’s power swap, which the chief minister had termed as a result of a call of conscience which was unsettled about him sharing political space with a ‘corrupt’ Tejashwai Yadav as his deputy, comes after the veteran socialist leader took to Twitter to criticise the Modi government on a range of issues.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It now remains to be seen whether Sharad, in days to come, would be favourably disposed to once friend-then rival-and friend again Lalu Yadav’s appeal to part ways with the JD (U) and stick with the Opposition in its fight against the BJP.

“Nitish has tarnished the image of Ambedkar. I urge Sharad Yadav, whom we consider as a true leader, to travel to every corner of the country and come to Bihar and join our fight against the BJP and Nitish Kumar,” Lalu has said repeatedly since Thursday.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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AIUDF MLA says Himanta Biswa Sarma government doesn’t have courage to bring Uniform Civil Code in Assam

Islam said bill passed in Uttarakhand is not Uniform Civil Code. He said Uniform Civil Code cannot be implemented in Assam because there are people from many different castes and communities. He said BJP followers themselves follow these practices. Islam said the BJP government is employing these tactics as the Lok Sabha elections are approaching.



AIUDF MLA Hafiz Rafiqul Islam on Saturday said Himanta Biswa Sarma- led Assam government doesn’t have the courage to bring the Uniform Civil Code in the state as it has been implemented in Uttarakhand. He reacted to the Assam government’s decision to repeal the Assam Muslim Marriages and Divorces Registration Act and added the move had been taken to target Muslims.

Islam said bill passed in Uttarakhand is not Uniform Civil Code. He said Uniform Civil Code cannot be implemented in Assam because there are people from many different castes and communities. He said BJP followers themselves follow these practices. Islam said the BJP government is employing these tactics as the Lok Sabha elections are approaching.

The Assam government gave its approval to repeal the British Raj-era law on Friday. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to X and wrote this act contains provisions which allow marriage registration even if the bride and groom had not reached the legal ages of 18 and 21, as required by law. This move marks another significant step towards prohibiting child marriages in Assam.

This law gives authority to Muslim registrars to register voluntary declaration of marriages and divorces. After this law has been repealed, the district authorities will take over the custody of the registration records which have been held by 94 muslim marriage registrars.

The Assam government said it is not mandatory to register marriages and divorces as per the Act and the machinery of registration is informal, which leaves a lot of scope for non-compliance with extant norms. Earlier, the Uttarakhand government got the Uniform Civil Code Bill passed in the state assembly.

The bill seeks to replace personal religious laws governing marriage, divorces and inheritance, with a common set of rules applicable to all religious laws governing marriage, divorces and inheritance, with common set of rules applicable to all religions equally.

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Former Maharashtra CM Manohar Joshi passes away, PM Modi expresses grief

The Prime Minister further remembered that Manohar Joshi strove to make Parliamentary processes more vibrant and participative.



Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and veteran Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi passed away in the early hours of Friday morning at the age of 86. He was admitted to the ICU of Hinduja Hospital following a cardiac arrest on Wednesday.

Issuing a statement on Thursday, Hinduja Hospital stated that former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday with severe illness. The statement added that the Shiv Sena leader had suffered a cardiac arrest. Earlier in May, he was admitted to the same hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Joshi served as chief minister from 1995 to 1999. He was the first leader from the undivided Shiv Sena to occupy the top post in the state. The Shiv Sena leader was elected as a Member of Parliament and was the Lok Sabha Speaker from 2002 to 2004 when the Vajpayee government was in power.

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief and recalled that the veteran leader spent years in public service and held various responsibilities at municipal, state and national level. He added that as the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Manohar Joshi worked tirelessly for the state’s progress. He mentioned that the Shiv Sena leader also made noteworthy contributions as Union Minister. 

The Prime Minister further remembered that Manohar Joshi strove to make Parliamentary processes more vibrant and participative. Expressing condolences to family and supporters, Narendra Modi said that Manohar Joshi will be remembered for his diligence as a legislator, having had the honour of serving in all four legislatures. 

Deputy leader of Shiv Sena, Priyanka Chaturvedi expressed sorrow over the demise of the senior leader and extended heartfelt condolences to his family. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the state had lost a cultured face of Maharashtra politics. The Union Minister recalled that he got an opportunity to work under the leadership of Manohar Joshi during the coalition government. 

Manohar Joshi began his career as a teacher and entered politics with his involvement in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and later became a member of the Shiv Sena. In 1980s, he became one of the key leaders within Shiv Sena and was known for his organisational skills.

Manohar Joshi was married to Anagha Joshi, who died in 2020. He is survived by a son and two daughters.

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APCC President YS Sharmila spends night at Andhra Ratna Bhavan to escape house arrest

A video circulating on social media shows the Congress leader sleeping on a mattress on the floor of the party’s Vijaywada office. In another video, shared by party leader Manickam Tagore, other Congress leaders and workers are seen sleeping at the Congress office.



Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president YS Sharmila had to spend the Wednesday night at the Congress Head office Andhra Ratna Bhavan as she feared that she might be put under house arrest. The APCC President led a Chalo Secretariat protest march on Thursday morning in support of the unemployed youth of the state in Vijaywada. Sharmila announced the protest march on Wednesday morning but the police did not give permission and started putting Congress leaders under house arrest.

A video circulating on social media shows the Congress leader sleeping on a mattress on the floor of the party’s Vijaywada office. In another video, shared by party leader Manickam Tagore, other Congress leaders and workers are seen sleeping at the Congress office. Sharmila avoided going to Congress MP KVP Ramachandra Rao’s house on Wednesday night where the police allegedly wanted to detain her.

Instead she chose to stay back in the Congress office. The police surrounded the Congress office on Thursday morning and many Congress leaders and YS Sharmila sat on a dharna and shouted slogans. The APCC president demanded that YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government give orders to fill 23000 posts which he had promised to fill during his election campaign.

Addressing the protest meeting Sharmila said Elections are are just two months away and the chief minister has announced filling up 6000 posts. She said instead of holding a mega district selection committee for recruitment, he is doing a fraud. Sharmilla said the YSRCP rule is like dictatorship and anyone who protests is put under house arrest.

She said they have been surrounded by thousands of policemen. She added iron barricades have been put around them and they are being held hostage. She said those people who are raising their voices for the unemployed are being arrested. She said YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is a dictator who wants to stop them.

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