U suspends Ansari from parliamentary party

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Asked if the JD (U) would take disciplinary action against Sharad Yadav, its most high-profile leader to have come out against party chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to ally with the BJP, he said it would like him to express his differences over the development at its national executive meeting in Patna on August 19.

The JD (U) yesterday suspended its Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari from the parliamentary party for attending a meeting of opposition parties convened by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Two camps seems to have been formed within the party, one supporting Nitish and the other backing Sharad.

Sharad Pawar's party was a no-show today at the meeting of the opposition called by Sonia Gandhi. "We have faith that not only people of Bihar but of the entire country is with us".

He also made light of Yadav's public meetings in Bihar, saying he is addressing RJD workers and not of the JD (U).

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Suspending the leader, JD (U) General Secretary KC Tyagi had said, "MP Ali Anwar stands suspended from JD (U)'s parliamentary party after he participated in the Opposition parties' meeting".

Meanwhile, responding to his replacement by Ram Chander Singh in the Rajya Sabha "due to his anti-party activities", Sharad Yadav said that he doesn't take such matters seriously.

Ali Anwar, who was suspended from Janata Dal (United) parliamentary party, on Saturday said history will not forgive Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for going against the mandate of the people of Bihar, which was given in favour of the grand alliance.Anwar accused Nitish of sacrificing the nation for saving his government."You (Nitish Kumar) sacrificed the nation to stay in power". Ansari has said he is opposed to the BJP's social and economic policies and is ready to face any punishment if the party so decides.

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