Sharad Yadav to challenge Rajya Sabha disqualification in court
New Delhi: Rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav today on Thursday said he will challenge his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha in court and claimed that his opposition to JDU president Nitish Kumar and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) resulted in the ouster.
Yadav suggested that he was denied a fair play, noting that even Vijay Mallya, who “looted” the public exchequer, was sent to the Ethics Committee of Parliament but he was not allowed such an opportunity despite being a veteran parliamentarian who took up “people’s causes”.
Speaking at a press conference, Yadav disapproved of Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu’s comments defending his decision but said the institution of the Rajya Sabha was too important to him to attack Naidu. Even Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani terrorist hanged in India following his conviction in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was allowed to exhaust all appeals available to him but in his case the “supreme court”, an apparent reference to Naidu, gave an order straightaway without referring the matter to a parliamentary committee.
Yadav, a seven-time Lok Sabha MP and four-time Rajya Sabha MP, said in a lighter vein that his “new freedom” will give him more time in uniting opposition parties against the BJP. “I was not shocked that I have been disqualified...I was expecting the same outcome,” he said, suggesting that it was decided in advance.
Noting that he had resigned three times in past as a member of parliament on moral grounds, Yadav said had he been interested in power, then he would have been part of the government now.
The constitutional provisions invoked by the Rajya Sabha chairman to disqualify might not apply in his case, Yadav said, noting that he would file an appeal against it in court.
“My fight is for principles and democracy. I will fight it in all forums, including court,” he said.
The JDU had sought Yadav’s disqualification after he attended an RJD rally in Patna in August, following his opposition to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to break the Grand Alliance with the RJD and the Congress and join hands with the BJP.
The disqualification decision came within three months of the JDU moving a plea, inviting criticism from opposition leaders. Naidu, however, said on Wednesday that justice delayed was justice denied, asserting that such matters should be decided quickly.
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