Janata Dal (United) leader Ali Anwar on Sunday said that senior party leader Sharad Yadav's exclusion will send a wrong message in the political arena, adding the latter has equal rights on the party when compared to Bihar Chief Minister and party chief Nitish Kumar. "We are still following the mandate of the people, which was in the favour of the grand alliance".
Justifying his actions for going against the party to attend the opposition's meeting organised by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Anwar said he was just following people's mandate.
"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. "We have faith that not only people of Bihar but of the entire country is with us".
Meanwhile, another JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that Yadav's steps will result in rift within the party. Therefore Ali Anwar had attended the meeting on behalf of Sharad.
Meanwhile, responding to his replacement by Ram Chander Singh in the Rajya Sabha "due to his anti-party activities", Sharad Yadav said that he doesn't take such matters seriously.
"MP Ali Anwar stands suspended from JD (U)'s parliamentary party after he participated in the Opposition parties' meeting". He is a two-term Rajya Sabha member and his tenure ends in April next.
Ansari said that everyone, be it opposition parties, social leaders or anyone with human values, should unite against the "divisive forces" (BJP and RSS).