Sharad ya­dav, ali an­war May be diS­qual­i­Fied FroM rS

Dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion may be done un­der 10th Sched­ule which deals with anti-de­fec­tion.

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

The Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber­ship of two JDU rebel Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, Sharad Ya­dav and Ali An­war, is likely to be dis­qual­i­fied be­fore the win­ter ses­sion of Par­lia­ment, which be­gins around Novem­ber.

Party sources in JDU, who are aware of the devel­op­ment, said that with the Ra­jya Sabha Sec­re­tariat al­ready serv­ing a no­tice to the two MPs ear­lier this week, seek­ing their re­sponse on a no­tice sent by the JDU seek­ing their dis­qual­ifi- cation, there are def­i­nite chances that the two will be dis­qual­i­fied within three­four weeks un­der the 10th Sched­ule of the Con­sti­tu­tion, which deals with an­tide­fec­tion and dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of elected mem­bers.

JDU sources said that the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of the two lead­ers was im­mi­nent. “We have sub­mit­ted all the doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence, pho­to­graphs to the Ra­jya Sabha Sec­re­tariat that clearly prove that the two have at­tracted the pro­vi­sions of the 10th Sched­ule as they have vol­un­tar­ily given up their mem­ber­ship of the JDU which was ev­i­dent when they at­tended an anti-JDU rally or­gan­ised by the RJD on 27 Au­gust, while ab­stain­ing from the party’s of­fi­cial meet in Patna,” a JDU source said.

The JDU, which had tried to dis­suade Sharad Ya­dav from at­tend­ing the RJD’s rally in Patna, was aware that Sharad Ya­dav, who was re­placed as the party pres­i­dent by Bi­har Chief Min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar, will not back down. “He is feel­ing marginalised in the party, a feel­ing which be­came stronger in April last year when he was re­placed as the party chief. He should have un­der­stood that de­spite not hav­ing a mass base, which was ev­i­dent from his loss in the gen­eral elec­tion in 2014, he was al­ways pro­moted by Ni­tish Ku­mar. Sharad Ya­dav might be terming this as a fight against the BJP, but in re­al­ity, he is do­ing all this to keep him­self rel­e­vant,” the party leader said.

In an of­fi­cial let­ter that was sent to Sharad Ya­dav by the JDU be­fore the 27 Au­gust rally, the party had clearly men­tioned that if Sharad Ya­dav at­tended the rally and missed the JDU’s own pro­gramme, it would be con­sid­ered that he was vol­un­tar­ily leav­ing the party. This let­ter is likely to be- come one of the main ar­gu­ments that the JDU will use to seek his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The party lead­ers said that it was too early to spec­u­late on who might re­place the two in the RS when the time comes. “We have many ca­pa­ble lead­ers within the party who have served the party for long. Ul­ti­mately it will be de­cided by Ni­tish Ku­mar-ji,” the leader said while dis­miss­ing re­ports that an ed­i­tor level jour­nal­ist, who is with a widely read English daily, might be sent to the RS by the JDU.

Ya­dav, mean­while, has made it clear that he will not go down with­out a fight. A day af­ter the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion re­fused to take cog­nizance of his fac­tion’s claim over the party’s sym­bol, cit­ing lack of doc­u­ments to sup­port such a stand, he called for a “JDU” na­tional coun­cil meet on 8 Oc­to­ber.

JDU lead­ers say that he will face the same re­sponse that he got when he vis­ited Patna to at­tend the rally. “No JDU leader went to meet him or at­tended his pro­gramme. The same is go­ing to hap­pen with his 8 Oc­to­ber pro­gramme. It will also be in­ter­est­ing to see whether he will re­main an RS mem­ber by that time or not,” a source said.

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