Sharad Yadav won’t contest for party presidency

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JD(U) is set to elect a new president in its National Council meeting in New Delhi on April 10, bringing an end to the over 10-year long tenure of Sharad Yadav, who has decided not to seek a fourth consecutive term. Yadav, one of the founder leaders of the party along with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, has been at the helm since 2006 and was reelected for a third term in 2013 by amending the party’s constitution which then allowed a maximum of two tenures. Sources close to Yadav said he had conveyed to Kumar his view that he was not keen on continuing after leading the party for 10 years and that a new person should be put in command. It was with the support of Kumar that Yadav became the party chief for the first time in 2006 after ousting its then head George Fernandes in in an election and then was elected again in 2009 and 2013. The change of guard in JD(U) will indicate the changes in its internal dynamics at a time when Kumar is being seen to be preparing the party for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls along with election strategist Prashant Kishor, who has emerged as his most dependable ally after playing a vital role in the party’s rout of BJP in 2015 Bihar assembly polls.

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