Maha JD(U) chief criticises Nitish Kumar for Sharad Yadav's Rajya Sabha disqualification

Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar disqualified from Rajya Sabha

Rebel JD(U) MPs Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar disqualified as Rajya Sabha members

The order says that Yadav's public denouncement of Kumar's decision to withdraw from the Mahagathbandhan and align with the BJP and publicly aligning with the rival party of JD (U), namely, RJD, by supporting their leaders and policies, sharing of dias and addressing their meetings/rally, testify to the fact that he no longer supports the policies and decisions of the party, on whose ticket he was elected.

The Nitish Kumar faction of the JD (U) on Tuesday welcomed the disqualification of veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar from the Upper House of the Parliament.

The two top JD (U) leaders parted ways recently after Kumar made a decision to align the party with the BJP in Bihar, against Yadav's wishes.

JD (U) chief spokesperson K C Tyagi had given the example of Tamil Nadu assembly speaker disqualifying 18 AIADMK MLAs from the House, while seeking similar action against Yadav and Anwar. The petition was filed on September 2 and the decision is out on December 4. The first setback for Sharad Yadav has emerged in 2014 when he lost the Lok Sabha elections.

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On Tuesday too, Shah said that while Rahul Gandhi is visiting temples, Sibal is looking to slow down the judicial process. His contention was, however, not accepted by the court which made a decision to hear the matter on February 8 next year.

"Yesterday, I passed an order on disqualification within three months and then I gave the strong opinion at the end saying such decisions should be decided in around three months because the disqualifications (plea) itself that have been filed, some of them are pending for years", Naidu said.

Both MPs had attended an Opposition rally in Patna organised by Lalu Prasad's RJD after JD (U) president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar walked out of the 3-party Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP.

According to Reddy, his party always supported the disqualification of members who defected to other parties, but Yadav had not defected.

Bihar JD (U) president Bashishtha Narayan Singh said, "Sharad Yadav had openly been defying the party's directions, which amounted to voluntarily renouncing the party".

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