Rajya Sabha notice to Sharad Yadav on JD-U's plea for disqualification

Rajya Sabha notice to Sharad Yadav on JD-U's plea for disqualification

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Rebel Janata Dal United (JD-U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar Ansari have been served a show cause notice by the Rajya Sabha secretariat asking why they should not be disqualified on the ground of "defection" from the party.

The notice, issued on Wednesday, has asked the two MPs to appear before Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on October 30 to present their case.

"In connection with the petition filed by R.C.P. Singh, member and leader of the JD-U party in Rajya Sabha, seeking your disqualification from the membership of the Rajya Sabha, the Chairman has decided... to afford you an opportunity to represent your case and to hear you in person before taking a decision in the matter," the notice read.

While Ansari is set to retire in April next year, Yadav's term will end in 2022, if not disqualified.

The two MPs had broken away from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he severed ties with coalition partner Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and went to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) fold in July this year.

The JD-U then, in a petition to the Rajya Sabha Chairman, sought the disqualification of Yadav and Ansari for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities and voluntarily quitting the party.

Though such cases are usually first referred to the Privileges Committee for preliminary examination, Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, being the competent authority, has reportedly decided to dispose off the case himself.

As per the disqualification rules on the ground of defection, "the Chairman may either proceed to determine the question or, if he is satisfied, having regard to the nature and circumstances of the case that it is necessary or expedient so to do, refer the petition to the Committee for making a preliminary inquiry and submitting a report to him".

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