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

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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.

In a haste rarely seen in decisions taken by the Rajya Sabha secretariat when it comes to demands for expulsion of members of Parliament's Upper House, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, on Monday evening, disqualified rebel Janata Dal (United) MPs, Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar from the Rajya Sabha.

Mr Sharad Yadav is likely to hold meetings with his supporters after the Gujarat Assembly polls. According to Ali Anwar, "Sharad faction may also file a petition in court to challenge the decision". The first setback for Sharad Yadav has emerged in 2014 when he lost the Lok Sabha elections.

Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar were disqualified from the Rajya Sabha on Monday night.

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"He (Kumar) has humiliated them by getting them disqualified from the Rajya Sabha", the RJD supremo said.

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.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu took the decision under the Tenth Schedule Para 2 (a) (i) of the Constitution, while acting on JD (U) chief Nitish Kumar-led JD (U)'s petition seeking their disqualification.

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. "Sharad Yadav did not join any other party for any personal gains, but continued his firm stand on secularism with JD (U) flag", he said in a statement.

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