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Sharad Yadav to replace Fernandes as JD-U chief

Sharad Yadav, who is currently parliamentary board chairman, would be chosen the new JD-U president.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 14:03 IST

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president George Fernandes is set to be replaced by Sharad Yadav in March this year, informed sources in the party said.

Yadav, who is currently parliamentary board chairman, would be chosen the new JD-U president.

"The formal election and announcement would be made in the party plenary from March 25," a senior JD-U leader said.

Some JD-U leaders said Fernandes, who is not well, is not eager to continue as party president. Fernandes has held the post since the Samata Party was formed in 1994 and was renamed the JD-U.

However, a senior JD-U leader close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that some top party leaders wanted to get rid of Fernandes because of his increasingly saffron image.

"During the October-November Bihar assembly elections, Fernandes was totally kept away from campaigning except at a few places. Sharad Yadav was the star campaigner of the party after Nitish Kumar," he said.

A JD-U insider said Nitish Kumar also has political differences with Fernandes.

It was apparently Nitish Kumar who forced Fernandes to contest the 2004 parliamentary polls from Muzaffarpur instead of Nalanda.

Nitish contested and won from Nalanda as it was considered a safe seat for him due to caste equations.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 14:03 IST