Former JD-U Leader Accused of Sexual Assault Finds Place in the RJD

Former JD-U leader Sarfaraz Ahmed (file photo).

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Patna: The Janata Dal – U legislator Sarfaraz Alam, who was suspended from the party in January of 2016 after charges of sexual harassment on a running train while being intoxicated and traveling without a valid railway ticket against him were proven to be true, officially quit the JD-U on Saturday and joined the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in the presence of party national Vice President Shivanand Tiwari.

Alam is hoping to contest the by-poll from Jokihat seat in Araria on the RJD ticket.

Election in Araria is to be held on March 11.

The seat was earlier held by Alam's father and RJD leader Mohammed Taslimuddin. It went automatically to his son following the death of Taslimuddin. The JD-U was then a part of the RJD-Congress coalition, also known as Mahagathbandhan of Bihar.

The suspended legislator said that he decided to join the RJD after the JD-U broke ties with the Mahagathbandhan and joined hands with the 'communal' Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

As reported in the past, Alam was traveling without a valid train ticket in the Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani Express along with his henchmen on January 17, 2016 when he started to misbehave with the wife of one Indrapal Singh Bedi.

In his FIR with the railway police, Bedi had accused the legislator and his men of being drunk, using abusive and vulgar language against him and his wife and inappropriately touching his wife.

After a brief silence on the issue, the JD-U suspended Alam who, since then, had been window-shopping for a party that would take him in ignoring his vile past.

"My mother and thousands of my supporters urged me to join the party of my father and today I am proud to be a member of the RJD, the party that cares about the poor and downtrodden who have no voice in the current administration," Alam said.

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