"Party president Sharad Yadav has suspended Islampur MLA Rajiv Ranjan for six years considering his activities as anti-party. Yadav has directed all party leaders to maintain discipline and fight for social justice. There is no place for any kind of anti-party activities," JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi said in a statement.
Rajiv Ranjan, who is an MLA from Islampur that falls in former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's home district Nalanda, had earlier written a letter to the state JD(U) president Basistha Narayan Singh in which he opposed the tie-up between JD(U) and RJD, which he alleged had created "jungle raj" (lawlessness) in Bihar during its tenure.
A few days back, Ranjan slammed the state government led by Jitan Ram Manjhi over corruption saying that in light of the prevailing condition in the state, it is time to adopt a new law by the name of 'Right to Bribe' in Bihar.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, JD(U) could win just two out of 40 LS seats in Bihar going down from its tally of 20 seats in 2009 Lok Sabha poll.
After the defeat, JD(U)joined hands with archrival RJD to take on a resurgent BJP and both Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar jointly campaigned for the byelection in Bihar for which voting took place on Thursday.
The suspension letter also gives a warning to other senior leaders making statements contradicting the party's stand. "Yadav has also cautioned top office bearers that they should avoid making contradictory statements," Tyagi said.
JD(U) leader and former minister Shakuni Choudhary had said that former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar should "quit politics rather than being insulted by Lalu Prasad".
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