Nothing is impossible in politics, it is said, but what seems impossible at the moment is the re-entry of octogenarian leader Sharad Yadav in Parliament immediately. His membership of the Rajya Sabha along with another rebel Ali Anwar Ansari was terminated on Monday by chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on the complain of the JD(U) led by Nitish Kumar.
Yadav had been sent to Rajya Sabha last year from Bihar by the JD(U) and still had about five years tenure left but Ansari had almost completed his second tenure and was to retire after six months.
The former JD(U) chief tried his best to save his membership but after his claim on the symbol of JD(U) was rejected by the Election Commission this decision was very much expected even though his followers saw political motivation behind the chairman’s decision saying many such cases were pending and decision against Yadav was taken in hurry. The immediate fallout would be that Yadav have to vacate his bungalow in Lutyen’s Delhi he had been occupying for about three decades.
Yadav’s follower Arjun Rai said here on Thursday that the senior leader would contest Lok Sabha election in 2019 from Madhepura. But he was not clear on which party’s symbol he would fight. In 2014 polls the then JD(U) president had been defeated by Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav of RJD. Pappu has already left RJD and formed his own outfit Janadhikar Party.
What surprised many in the political circles the silence of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad over the termination of the membership of Yadav from the Upper House. The most serious charge against Yadav was that he indulged in indiscipline by attending the rally called by Lalu in the last week of August against the advice by the party. JD(U) general secretary RCP Singh teased, “Lalu has not offered Rajya Sabha seat to Yadav. What is surprising that the RJD supremo took no time in announcing that the RJD would send Mayawati to the Upper House when she had resigned but he made no such promise to Yadav?” Lalu criticised the decision of the termination of Yadav’s membership and castigated Nitish but he did not console the senior leader who had been representing Bihar in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for almost three decades. Once Yadav had been defeated by Lalu from Madhepura.
With the strength of his party in the Assembly, the RJD can win at least two seats in the Upper House but there are many claimants in the party. On top among them is Lalu’s wife and former CM Rabri Devi, who is currently a member of Bihar Legislative Council, and former Union Minister Raghubansh Prasad Singh apart from other old guards and Lalu loyalists.