Bihar Assembly elections | Sharad Yadav’s daughter Subhashini joins Congress ahead of polls


Ms. Yadav said that it is her moral responsibility to take forward her father’s legacy. She joined Congress at party headquarter 24 Akbar Road in presence of Bihar state unit chief Madan Mohan Jha

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) rebel Sharad Yadav’s daughter Subhashini Yadav joined the Congress party on Wednesday. Her father was expelled from the JD(U) for opposing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s move to return to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Mr. Nitish Kumar resigned as Bihar Chief Minister in July 2017, less than two years after he had joined hands with his arch enemy Lalu Prasad Yadav to form the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government in the 2015 Assembly polls. He returned as Chief Minister after he rejoined the NDA. Sharad Yadav, who opposed this move, spoke publicly against it on many platforms and was expelled for anti-party activities.

The Congress is likely to field Ms. Yadav from the Bihariganj Assembly segment in the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections, which falls under Madhepura Lok Sabha seat. Her father, Sharad Yadav, has represented the Madhepura Lok Sabha seat four times in the past.

She joined the Congress at the party headquarters, 24 Akbar Road, in the presence of Bihar State unit chief Madan Mohan Jha.

Speaking to The Hindu minutes after joining the party, the 30-year-old Ms. Yadav said that this election was not about holding any personal grudges or avenging her father. “This election is only about development and bringing about a change in the State,” Ms. Yadav said.

Soon after being expelled from JD(U), her father had launched the Jan Loktantrik Party that didn’t take off. He also formed a platform, Sanjhi Virasat, to bring together all secular and like-minded parties, which saw multi-city events with all leading politicians. On the basis of the JD(U)’s plea, he was also disqualified from the Rajya Sabha. He is still fighting the case in court; his term as Rajya Sabha member ends in 2022.

Ms. Yadav thanked Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel and other senior leaders for inviting her to join the party. “My father is unwell, so he will not be able to physically campaign for me, but will be addressing virtual rallies. He has always stood with the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ so it was only obvious for me to join hands with them,” Ms. Yadav said.

She evaded questions on Nitish Kumar and the JD(U). “My father is one of the founding members of the JD(U). And his so-called expulsion from the party is still a sub judice matter, so I would not like to comment on it,” she said.

Along with her, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader and former MP Kali Pandey also joined the party. Mr. Pandey shifted loyalties from the LJP five days after the death of LJP patriarch Ram Vilas Paswan. He said that the LJP was not democratic and that party president Chirag Paswan did not meet State functionaries.

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