The Rajya Sabha secretariat had served Yadav and Anwar notices last month to respond to Singh’s allegations against them. It had also forwarded copies of the petition to them for reference.
According to the police, Reena’s father Mahesh Bhagat, a resident of Vaishali district, in his complaint said his daughter was killed by Arun Kushwaha along with other members of his family for dowry.
The Yadav faction had earlier told the commission that it would hold a national executive meeting of the party on September 17 followed by a meeting of the national council on October 8 and sought four weeks to submit the required documents to back the claim.
Ashok Choudhary had been accused of trying to split the party in favour of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar JD(U) after disintegration of Grand Alliance. He had, however, dismissed the allegation as “part of the conspiracy to show me the door”.
The decision has come as a blow to the Sharad faction, which had approached the EC on August 25 claiming to be the “real JD(U)”.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has given JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar one week to explain their position with regard to the party petition seeking their disqualification.
The JD(U) leaders told the EC that the claim to the name and symbol laid by a rival faction led by former JD(U) president and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav had no substance.
“We have submitted the affidavits of all the 71 party MLAs, all the 30 MLCs, both the Lok Sabha members and seven of the 10 Rajya Sabha members of the party, supporting the leadership of Nitish Kumar,” said JD(U) secretary general K C Tyagi
The follow-up action on the Janata Dal (United) petition seeking disqualification of Sharad Yadav from the Rajya Sabha may get under way only after a reconstitution of standing committees in the House.
“We neither considered the issue nor we had any desire or expectation (about joining the Union government). The issue was speculated in the media. It was baseless and unfounded,” the JD(U) president told reporters.
“We neither considered the issue nor we had any desire or expectation (to join the union cabinet). The issue was being speculated in media. It was baseless and unfounded,” Kumar, also JD(U) president, told reporters.
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In the letter, Tyagi stated that the RJD is organising the rally against the JD(U), as also to cover up allegations of corruption faced by Lalu and his family members.
Yadav had never attacked Kumar by name and the Bihar chief minister should also have maintained this decorum, he said. Shrivastava also alleged that the claims of JD(U) leaders that over 95 per cent of the office bearers were with Kumar were wrong.
“Earlier, the status of leader of opposition was given to the then RJD leader Gulam Gaus even when the party’s strength was 4-5 in the council. But, now they (JD(U)-BJP) are taking the cover of rules,” said Rabri Devi.