Sharad Yadav, veteran JD (U) leader, today broke his silence on party colleague Nitish Kumar’s stunning political change-up last week and made it clear that he did not agree with the decision.

He said, “Whatever happened is very unfortunate, the mandate by the people was not for this.”

While some JD (U) leaders went with their criticism of the swap, Sharad Yadav had till now communicated only with his loud silence and his tweets critical of the BJP-led central government.

Lalu Yadav, the chief of the RJD, had claimed that Sharad Yadav had called him and sided with him. “He has been in touch and he told us he is with us,” Lalu Yadav told.

Nitish Kumar last week ended his two-year mahagatbandhan or grand alliance with Lalu Yadav and the Congress and revived a partnership with the BJP, with which he had a spiteful parting four years ago. Resigning on Wednesday, the Chief Minister referred to Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav’s refusal to step down as his deputy despite corruption charges.

Critics have suggested that Sharad Yadav, a former union minister, was angling for a cabinet berth in the Modi government and his silence on Nitish Kumar is merely a bargaining tactic. But Lalu Yadav has insisted that the 70-year-old “champion of social justice” was “angry” at Nitish Kumar’s decision to ally with the BJP.

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On Saturday, Lalu Yadav asked Sharad Yadav to lead an anti-BJP front and then repeated the offer for the cameras. “I appeal to Sharad Yadav-ji who has been our leader… whom we consider our leader, to come forward and fight the BJP. Take the lead role in this,” he said.