Sharad Yadav Ousted from Rajya Sabha

Former JD-U President Sharad Yadav (file photo).

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New Delhi: Choosing to hobnob with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav instead of his own party President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar turned out to be a political disaster for former Janata Dal – U chief Sharad Yadav who lost his Rajya Sabha seat on Monday at the behest of none other than Nitish Kumar himself.

Yadav, who earlier lost his bid to the ownership of JD-U and its electoral symbol 'arrow' after Nitish Kumar walked out of the Mahagathbandhan last July to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had expressed his intention to form a new party of his own. His constant disparaging of the Chief Minister was not playing well with other party leaders who demanded his expulsion from the party and his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha membership.

On Monday, Venkaiyah Naidu, the Rajya Sabha Chairperson, ended Yadav's membership with immediate effect.

"Mr. Sharad Yadav has voluntarily given up his membership of the political party, Janata Dal-U by which he was set up as a candidate for election to the Rajya Sabha. This leads to his disqualification from the upper house", an official memo read.

Another JD-U leader and a staunch supporter of Yadav, Ali Anwar was also disqualified from the Rajya Sabha for indulging in "anti-party activities".

So far, no official statement from Yadav who is said to be considering floating a new party of his own. Others, however, said him joining Lalu's RJD was also not out of the realm of possibilities.

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