U suspends Ansari from parliamentary party

“We are the real one as we are still with the principles of the JD-U, but they have changed and become BJD-U”, he added, in a jibe at the Nitish Kumar faction which has sided with the BJP to form government in Bihar.

Party spokesperson K.C. Tyagi said Ansari has been suspended from the parliamentary party for attending the meeting of opposition parties despite the JD (U) severing its ties with the Congress-led UPA.

Sharad Pawar’s party was a no-show today at the meeting of the opposition called by Sonia Gandhi.

Praising the rebellious Sharad Yadav, who has taken the JD (U) head on, for abandoning the grand alliance and joining the BJP, Anwar said leaders like Sharad Yadav and himself have listened to their conscience and that any sacrifice for truth is worth taking. 16 parties had attended the meeting, all extending their support against BJP.

“There is no split in JD (U) as such”.

Rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Ali Anwar Ansari, close to Sharad Yadav, was on Friday suspended the JD (U) parliamentary party for attending a meet of opposition parties. He also said the Congress president was trying to “interfere” in the JD (U)’s internal matters, he said.

Speaking about Sharad’s actions, Tyagi said that if he is unhappy with Nitish’s decision and wishes to leave the party he must express his differences over the development at the party’s national executive meeting which will be held in Patna on August 19. 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.