The Speaker of Bihar legislative assembly disqualified four Janata Dal (United) MLAs from membership of the Lower House on Saturday.
Speaker Uday Narain Choudhary’s decision comes after the ruling party had initiated proceedings for termination of their membership citing ‘anti-party activities’ as the reason.
The disqualified MLAs were part of a rebel group within JD (U) with the support of 30 legislators before the Rajya Sabha polls. However, some of them had later withdrawn when the RJD and Congress extended support to the two official JD (U) candidates. Parliamentary affairs minister Shrawan Kumar had recommended termination of membership of 18 MLAs, who had voted against party’s official candidates.
The decision came in the wake of disqualification of four other MLAs under the anti-defection law for anti-party activities last month. The eight disqualified rebel MLAs had openly supported chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi in the ‘power tussle’ between him and former chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Assembly secretary in-charge, Hareram Mukhiya said JD (U) MLAs, namely Ajit Kumar (Kanti, Muzaffarpur), Raju Kumar Singh (Sahebganj, Muzaffarpur), Poonam Devi (Digha, Patna) and Suresh Chanchal (Sakra, Muzaffarpur), were disqualified under the provisions of the anti-defection law.
The disqualification has brought the JD (U)’s strength in the 243-member assembly to 111.