Chairman of the upper House is qualified and empowered to take a decision on disqualification. Naidu’s decision seems influenced by precedents of privileges committee taking long to decide on disqualifications.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has decided against referring the disqualification case of rebel Janata Dal (U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar to the privileges committee and will take a call on their memberships himself.
By that reckoning, the next Lok Sabha elections might arrive before their disqualification.
After the party’s return to the NDA fold, the JD(U) leadership has urged swift action against Yadav and Anwar who have broken with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and become vocal members of the opposition platform. Yadav has been replaced as leader of the JD(U) in Rajya Sabha with Nitish confidant RCP Singh.
The vice-president’s office has examined the precedents in disqualification cases and found that in the case of Jai Narain Prasad Nishad, who fell out with the BJP in 2006, the MP retained his membership for two years and three months. It took that long after BJP leader Sushma Swaraj moved his disqualification plea with the privileges committee taking 10 months to submit a report.
Nishad ducked three scheduled meetings with the committee on health grounds. It took one year and four months to disqualify BSP’s Isam Singh with the privileges committee taking nine months to examine the case.
Naidu is understood to be examining the petitions against Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar and their replies.