Internal equations within the party having undergone a complete change,the JD(U) has withdrawn its petitions seeking disqualification of three of its Lok Sabha members under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.
As the Committee on Privileges met on Tuesday,chairman P C Chacko informed the members that he had received a copy of a letter written by JD(U) deputy leader in the House Ranjan Prasad Yadav to Speaker Meira Kumar,withdrawing his complaints against Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lalan,Mangani Lal Mandal and Sushil Kumar Singh for indulging in anti-party activities. The committee had been seized of the complaints after Kumar referred them to the panel for a preliminary examination.
The letter followed a communication by Yadav to the committee prior to its June 20 meeting,seeking more time to appear before it. I am not pressing the petitions further and all three petitions… may be treated as withdrawn with immediate effect, Yadav said.
BJP representatives in the committee Ananth Kumar and Shahnawaz Hussain tried to put a spanner in the JD(U) works by contending that Yadavs petitions had been forwarded by the Speaker. Since Kumar asked the committee to go into the merits of the case,the committee should go ahead with its work. The letter should have no bearing,they said.
Sources disclosed that the Congresss Annu Tandon contended that the case did not stand after the receipt of Yadavs letter by the Speaker.
BJDs Bhartruhari Mahtab argued that Yadav had written to the Speaker. Since he was aware of the fact that the parliamentary committee was considering the issue,he ought to have written to the panel. Nevertheless,he said,the Speaker was empowered to take a decision in the matter and the committee should wait for her decision.
Chacko took the position that since the Speaker was the final authority on matters concerning disqualification,he would consult her before acting on the letter.