Naidu rejects criticism of Sharad disqualification decision

Briefing upon the news, Ali Anwar said that he, along with Yadav, will appeal at all those places where there is possibility for them to get "justice".

The JD (U) on Wednesday hit back at RJD supremo Lalu Prasad for criticising its president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar over the disqualification of Rajya Sabha MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar and said if he was so anguished, he should send the two to the Upper House of Parliament from his own party.

Mr Yadav had joined hands with the opposition after JD (U) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dumped the Grand Alliance in Bihar and tied up with the BJP.

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. According to Ali Anwar, "Sharad faction may also file a petition in court to challenge the decision".

Yechury also questioned the "mind-boggling" speed with which the decision was taken.

He opined that the Speakers of the legislative bodies (assemblies or councils or Lok Sabha) should not keep in pending or drag for years the petitions of disqualification of defected legislators or MPs.

The House chairman had agreed to the JD (U)'s contention that the senior leader had given up his membership by defying the party's directives and attending events held by Opposition parties.

The order of disqualification of the two MPs was passed on 4 December.

"If he (Lalu) is so anguished by their (Sharad Yadav's and Anwar's) disqualification, he should consider sending them to the Rajya Sabha from his own party".

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has said presiding officers should decide issues of disqualification of legislators within three months, arguing that quick disposal of cases would discourage the "evil of political defections".

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