Rebel Janta Dal (United) MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar have been disqualified from the Rajya Sabha. A communication from Chairman of the House M Venkaiah Naidu last night said they cease to be Rajya Sabha members with immediate effect.
The Rajya Sabha chairman agreed to the JDU’s contention that the two senior leaders had “voluntarily given up” their membership by defying their party’s directives and attending events of opposition parties.
The JD(U) had sought their disqualification on the grounds that they had attended a rally of opposition parties in Patna in violation of its direction. Both the leaders had joined hands with the opposition after JD(U) President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kuamar left the Grand Alliance in Bihar and tied up with the BJP.
Seventy-year old Mr Yadav was elected to the House last year and his term was scheduled to end in 2022. Mr Anwar’s term was to expire early next year.
If I am disqualified from Rajya Sabha because I respect democratic values, follow d party constitution & respect d mandate given by 11 crore people of Bihar for Mahagathbandan then I will continue to do so not only for d people of Bihar but d country as a whole.