A petition will be sent by JD(U) to Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu seeking disqualification of rebel party MP Sharad Yadav from the Upper House, reported Indian Express. The report added that the JD(U) under Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has also decided to separately contest in the Election Commission (EC) the Sharad faction’s claim over the party’s name, flag, and symbol. Earlier on Tuesday, Party Secretary-General K C Tyagi told IE,” We are waiting for a call from EC to respond to the application submitted by the other side, but in case it does not happen soon, we will go to the EC on our own.”
Concerning the impending petition to the Rajya Sabha chairman, Tyagi said that Yadav was deemed to have voluntarily quit JD(U) membership by participating in Sunday’s RJD rally in Patna despite warning from the party.
Although Yadav claimed that the rally was a combined show of RJD, JD(U) and Congress, Tyagi said that the meeting was a solo RJD affair. According to IE report, he said,”We are armed with clinching evidence to secure Sharad Yadav’s disqualification under Schedule 10 of the Constitution.”
Earlier, on Sunday, as many as 21 leaders of different parties, including West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav participated in the RJD’s rally. RJD president Lalu Prasad claimed that the rally would herald the decline of the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Besides the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Samajwadi Party (SP), leaders of the NCP, CPI, RLD, JMM, JVM, DMK, Kerala Congress, RSP, AIUDF, NC and JD(S) shared dais with Prasad in the rally at Gandhi Maidan, the state RJD office said releasing a list of participants. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were not present at the rally but Ghulam Nabi Azad, C P Joshi, and Hanumantha Rao represented the Congress faction.