The Janata Dal (United) has suspended 21 leaders for anti-party activities. Most of the leaders suspended are said to be loyalists of former party chief and senior leader Sharad Yadav.
Yadav’s fate continues to hang in a balance until JD(U)’s national executive scheduled to be held on August 19.
The move comes a week after Yadav was removed as JD(U) parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha. Yadav, was opposed to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to join hands with the BJP in the state.
Bihar JD(U) president Vashishtha Narayan Singh ordered the suspension of several leaders including former minister Ramai Ram, Arjun Rai – ex-MP from Sheohar, former MLA Raj Kishore Sinha and ex-MLC Vijay Varma. All of them were suspended from the primary membership of the party.
Some reports also suggest that Vashishtha Narayan Singh was also sacked.
Apart from them, a few district level office bearers were also suspended for indulging in “anti-party activities”, a statement issued by JD(U) state general secretary Anil Kumar said.
JD(U) had distanced itself from Sharad Yadav’s three-day ‘Samvad Yatra’ which ended on August 12. All 21 leaders and district level office bearers were seen with Yadav him during the trip which, he said, was meant to have “direct dialogue” with the people.
The JD(U) also suspended Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar, who had participated in an opposition meet called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi last week.
Yadav had described Nitish’s decision to walk out of the Grand Alliance of Bihar, as “betrayal” of the mandate given by 11 crore people of Bihar. Last month, Nitish had dumped allies Congress and RJD to join hands with the BJP and came back as Chief Minister with BJP’s Sushil Modi as his deputy.
(With inputs from PTI)