Lalu attacks Nitish on disqualification of Sharad, Anwar

Yolanda Curtis
December 6, 2017

"Yadav's disqualification will be the first decision in the history of democracy that is completely illegal", Patil said.

On Tuesday, before he left for Gujarat to campaign for his faction of the JD (U), which is fighting the upcoming Assembly polls against the BJP on seven of the state's 182 seats under the banner of Bharatiya Rashtriya Tribal Party, Sharad Yadav asserted that he would "continue to fight to save democracy".

Rebel JDU MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar were disqualified from the Rajya Sabha, according to a communication from chairman of the House M Venkaiah Naidu. Similar cases are pending in Lok Sabha for over a year.

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. "A time will come when they will ask what was the crime of these two persons (Yadav and Anwar), for which they were given such a treatment, and Nitish Kumar will have a tough time coming up with an answer", he added.

The JD (U) had sought the disqualification of the two MPs on the ground that they had attended a rally organised by the opposition parties, including the RJD, despite instructions to the contrary.

In response to the Sharad Yadav disqualification, Lalu Yadav said disqualifying Jasharad Yadav and Ali Anwar from the Rajya Sabha membership have to decide by the people.

Yadav had joined hands with the opposition after JD (U) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kuamar dumped the Grand Alliance in Bihar and tied up with the BJP. Yadav and Ali Anwar had declared Nitish's decision as a "betrayal of the mandate given to the Mahagathbandhan by the people of Bihar" and vowed to fight against the chief minister's autocratic style of functioning.

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