Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Rebel JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar disqualified from Rajya Sabha

Rebel JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar disqualified from Rajya Sabha

Yadav claimed that the JDU has always been functioning in an undemocratic fashion and his exclusion from the Rajya Sabha is because he questioned the party's wrong working pattern. Both of them have thus ceased to be a Member of the Rajya Sabha with immediate effect.

The JDU had sought their disqualification on the grounds that they had attended a rally of opposition parties in Patna in violation of its direction.

Responding to a petition, Chairman of the Rajya Sabha (RS) M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday evening issued orders for the disqualification of rebel Janata Dal-United (U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar from the Upper House. "I decide and declare accordingly".

Naidu rejected Yadav's basic contention that it was not him, but Nitish Kumar and his faction, who had voluntarily given up the membership of the JD (U) by breaking the Mahagathbandan with RJD and aligning with the BJP.

The decision was the culmination of a plea submitted to Naidu by JD-U chief Nitish Kumar urging action against Yadav and Anwar saying they had defied party line.

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The JDU members had in August made a decision to strike off Yadav's name from the MPs list in Rajya Sabha, after Yadav was noted for criticising the party and its cadres, the Times of India reported.

The Grand Alliance which consisted of the JD (U), RJD and Congress, had drubbed the NDA in the last Assembly polls in the state and formed its government.

The move by Naidu, who as Vice President is the ex-officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha, comes three months after Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's faction wrote to him demanding that Rajya Sabha memberships of rebel leaders, Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar, be terminated.

More details are awaited.

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