Sources said Yadav may take a lawyer along to buttress his arguments at the final hearing. Naidu had earlier directed Yadav to appear before him in person on October 30 with regard to the petition filed by Singh seeking his disqualification on account of defection.
The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, brought in by the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan, carries echoes of the draconian Defamation Bill which then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi tried to enact and was forced to abandon in 1988.
The summons have been sent under terms of sub-rule (7) of Rule 7 of the Members of Rajya Sabha (Disqualification on Ground of election) Rules, 1985, read with the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution, it was informed.
While one tweet questioned the state of economy vis-à-vis the government’s record on tackling hunger, the other raised a question mark over the impartiality of the Election Commission over the Gujarat poll dates.
As the rebel group starts taking shape in the capital, Yadav has also been made convenor of a 16-member Opposition committee that is holding conventions on the theme of ‘Save Composite Culture [Sanjha Virasat Bachao]’ throughout the country.
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.
The petition stated that Yadav had participated in a rally organised by the RJD in Patna on August 27, defying a party directive conveyed to him by JD(U) secretary-general K C Tyagi in writing ahead of the rally.