Bihar: 4 JD(U) MLAs disqualified for anti-party activities

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New Delhi, Dec 27: Four Janata Dal (United) legislators were disqualified by the Bihar Assembly Speaker for anti-party activities on Saturday, said a NDTV report.

The legislators, Ajit Kumar, Raju Singh, Suresh Chanchal and Poonam Devi, have reportedly said that they will move Patna High Court against the Speaker's decision.

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The report says that the 4 legislators, accused of cross-voting in the recently held Rajya Sabha elections, were ruled not be given any benefits available to former MLAs. The decision was taken after a due process of hearing in the Assembly called the 'Speakers Court'.

The MLAs protested against the decision. "No cross-examination was done. This is completely happening under the control of Nitish Kumar...he wants to become PM...What happened in Jharkhand with their party will happen in Bihar too," Poonam Devi was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Earlier this year, the Assembly Speaker had disqualified four other JD(U) legislators.

Now, with the disqualification of four more MLAs, the JD(U)'s strength in the state Legislative Assembly has come down to 111. The BJP has 88 members in the House followed by RJD (24), Congress (5), CPI(1) and Independents (5) in Bihar assembly.

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