Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, the sitting Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP from Madhepura in north Bihar, was expelled from the party for six years on Thursday for his alleged “anti-party activities”.
Pappu told HT that he was given the axe for questioning RJD chief Lalu Prasad for projecting his son as his “natural political heir”.
Yadav was one of four RJD MPs in the present Lok Sabha. His expulsion means the RJD is down to three MPs, as against 31 National Democratic Alliance MPs in the state which sends a total of 40 MPs to Lok Sabha.
Yadav had first raked up a controversy when during the RJD’s national executive meeting at Patna on April 5 he publicly asked Prasad who he had in mind as his ‘political heir’. He is also said to have stated he would succeed the RJD chief as party chief.
“In Indian culture, only a son succeeds his father. After me, my son will succeed me in the RJD, not Pappu Yadav,” Prasad had said at a public meeting. Yadav was also critical of the RJD chief’s move to push ahead with the merger of Janata Parivar parties, which, in the context of Bihar, meant an RJD-Janata Dal (United) merger.