Fernandes: Resigned to uphold party discipline, care for Maha.

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New Delhi, Nov 11 (UNI) Evenwhile subjecting himself to ''party discipline''to resign from the Lok Sabha to protest against the attacks on Biharis in Mumbai, veteran Janata Dal (United) leader George Fernandes today demanded that all members from both the houses of Parliament from various parties of Bihar must also resign to demonstrate unity of purpose.

The former JD(U) President and NDA convenor, who had worked as trade union leader in Mumbai and has represented both Maharashtra and Bihar in the Lok Sabha, however, clarified that resigning for the cause of Biharis did not mean that he did not care for the people of Maharashtra.

''Today I have subjected myself to the discipline of my party, the Janata Dal (United), which chose to ask its Lok Sabha members to resign in protest against the attacks on Biharis by Raj Thackeray's people. This does not mean that I do not care for the people of Maharashtra. However, it would be even better if members from Bihar from all parties in both house of Parliament also resign from their seats to demonstrate unity of purpose,'' he said in a statement here.

Significantly, Mr Fernandes was absent from the JD(U) delegation which met Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee this morning insisting that their resignation be accepted. His demand for resignation of all MPs from Bihar, even those from the Rajya Sabha, was also at variance from the JD(U)'s stand that only members of the Lok Sabha would resign. The Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan have, however, been demanding that all the MPs from both the houses and MLAs, including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, must resign to protest against the attacks on Biharis by MNS workers.

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