JD(U) suspends Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari from parliamentary party

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Janata Dal (United) leader Ali Anwar on Sunday said that senior party leader Sharad Yadav's exclusion will send a wrong message in the political arena, adding the latter has equal rights on the party when compared to Bihar Chief Minister and party chief Nitish Kumar.

Since Nitish chose to break the grand alliance with RJD-Congress and form the new government in the state in alliance with BJP, Bihar politics is going through a lot many changes.

JD (U) leader Ali Anwar was suspended from the party after he attended an Opposition meeting called by the Congress National President Sonia Gandhi. Two camps seems to have been formed within the party, one supporting Nitish and the other backing Sharad.

Leaders of 16 opposition parties, led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, met here today to deliberate on evolving an "alternative narrative" to counter the BJP.

Accusing the Bihar Chief Minister of sacrificing the nation for his government, Anwar told a media outlet, "You (Nitish Kumar) sacrificed the nation to stay in power".

Mr Tyagi also hit out at Mrs Gandhi for trying "encroach upon" the party by interfering in its internal matters. Therefore Ali Anwar had attended the meeting on behalf of Sharad.

Ansari had criticised Kumar's decision to walk out of the JD (U)-RJD-Congress Grand Alliance in Bihar and form the government with the BJP.

Suspending the leader, JD (U) General Secretary KC Tyagi had said, "MP Ali Anwar stands suspended from JD (U)'s parliamentary party after he participated in the Opposition parties' meeting". As far as the party is concerned, it has already taken its decision. Ansari has said he is opposed to the BJP's social and economic policies and is ready to face any punishment if the party so decides.

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