Congress leader joins JD(U)

JD(U) received a shot in the arm ahead of the Bihar Assembly polls with Congress leader Gridhari Yadav joining it today with hundreds of supporters.

Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 19:43 PM IST

Patna: JD(U) received a shot in the arm
ahead of the Bihar Assembly polls with Congress leader
Gridhari Yadav joining it today with hundreds of supporters.

Yadav, who wields considerable clout in Banka and
adjoining districts of Jamui and Munger, was inducted into the
party by state JD(U) president Vijay Kumar Choudhry and state
minister for food and consumer protection Narendra Singh.

Congress, he said, "is not in a fighting position in
the upcoming Assembly elections."

Yadav had left RJD and joined Congress after being
denied the party ticket in 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

The leader said he had received 2.12 lakh votes in
1999 from Banka parliamentary constituency as an Independent,
but secured only 47,000 votes when he contested as a Congress
candidate in 2009.

"This proves beyond doubt that the grand old party has
lost its base in Bihar. Taking a lesson from the past mistake
I decided to leave Congress and strengthen the hands of Nitish
Kumar," he said.

Asked if he would contest the Assembly polls, Yadav
said it depended on Kumar. "But I will work for ensuring the
victory of NDA candidates in Banka and adjoining districts."

JD(U) sources said Yadav might be given the ticket for
Belhar assembly seat in Banka.

PTI