Asked if the JD (U) would take disciplinary action against Sharad Yadav, its most high-profile leader to have come out against party chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to ally with the BJP, he said it would like him to express his differences over the development at its national executive meeting in Patna on August 19.
Janata Dal-United rebel MP Ali Anwar Ansari, who was suspended from the parliamentary party for taking part in a meeting of opposition parties, on Saturday said the Sharad Yadav-led faction is the "real JD-U" and there was no question of leaving the party. "We are still following the mandate of the people, which was in the favour of the grand alliance". Two camps seems to have been formed within the party, one supporting Nitish and the other backing Sharad.
Accusing the Bihar Chief Minister of sacrificing the nation for his government, Anwar told a media outlet, "You (Nitish Kumar) sacrificed the nation to stay in power. We have faith that not only people of Bihar but of the entire country is with us".
Mr Tyagi also hit out at Mrs Gandhi for trying "encroach upon" the party by interfering in its internal matters. As far as the party is concerned, it has already taken its decision.
Party spokesperson K C Tyagi said Mr Ansari has been suspended from the parliamentary party for attending the meeting of opposition parties despite the JD (U) severing its ties with the Congress-led UPA.
Ansari had criticised Kumar's decision to walk out of the JD (U)-RJD-Congress Grand Alliance in Bihar and form government with the BJP.
Ansari said that everyone, be it opposition parties, social leaders or anyone with human values, should unite against the "divisive forces" (BJP and RSS).