Victory despite 'toughest hurdles': JD(U)'s Sharad Yadav congratulates Congress leader Ahmed Patel

Apparently charting a different path vis-a-vis his party, the senior JD (U) leader is scheduled to embark on a three-day tour of Bihar from tomorrow to have a "direct dialogue" with the people.

Yadav's Bihar tour is being viewed as a sign of his annoyance over Nitish Kumar breaking the Grand Alliance of the JD (U), RJD and Congress and joining hands with the BJP to form the government in that state. However the MLA himself did not make it clear and said he had voted for the nation.

Patel won dramatically by a vote against the BJP on Tuesday.

Yadav today congratulated Patel for his nail-biting finish in the Rajya Sabha election. "Wish you all success in your career", Yadav wished Patel on Twitter.

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These developments are being closely watched and there is speculation about a rift within the JD (U).

The JD (U) vote proved crucial for Patel after Karamsi Patel voted for the BJP, as Modwadia confirmed today.

Yadav's message comes in the backdrop of reports of the lone JD (U) MLA in the Gujarat Assembly, Chhotu Vasava, voting for Patel, notwithstanding the fact that his party is in a coalition with the BJP in Bihar.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad has also appealed to Yadav to "come out from there (JD-U) and join hands with secular parties to protect the country from communal forces".

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JD-U leaders started targeting Yadav since last week after he spoke out against Nitish Kumar's decision to embrace the Bharatiya Janata Party.

BJP whip in the Assembly Pankaj Desai, meanwhile, said that all BJP MLAs, including doubtful Nalin Kotadiya who had claimed on social media on Tuesday that he voted for Ahmed Patel, had cast their vote in favour of BJP candidates. Tyagi's statements were however countered by Ambalal Jadhav, the JD (U)'s general secretary in Gujarat.

"Who is KC Tyagi to say anything?" About yesterday's vote, Modwadia said two MLAs of key ally NCP, Jayant Bosky and Kandhal Jadeja, did not vote for Ahmed Patel.

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