A petition calling for the disqualification of Yadav and Anwar had been filed by JD (U) MP RCP Singh on September 2 on the grounds of defection. "Like Ceasar's wife, the Rajya Sabha Chairman's decision must be above questioning, but the disqualification of Rajya Sabha MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar casts a shadow", Yechury tweeted.
In a haste rarely seen in decisions taken by the Rajya Sabha secretariat when it comes to demands for expulsion of members of Parliament's Upper House, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, on Monday evening, disqualified rebel Janata Dal (United) MPs, Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar from the Rajya Sabha. Similar cases are pending in Lok Sabha for over a year. Both the leaders had openly crticised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for aligning with the BJP to form the government in the state.
"The decision will set an example for people like Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar to not take steps against majority decisions in the party", he said.
"Yesterday, I passed an order on disqualification within three months and then I gave the strong opinion at the end saying such decisions should be decided in around three months because the disqualifications (plea) itself that have been filed, some of them are pending for years", Naidu said.
The Rajya Sabha chairman agreed to the JDU's contention that the two senior leaders had "voluntarily given up" their membership by defying their party's directives and attending events of opposition parties.
Yadav had joined hands with the opposition after JD (U) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kuamar dumped the Grand Alliance in Bihar and tied up with the BJP. Venkaiah Naidu observed that the dispute pending before the election commission is not relevant in judging a disqualification petition.