JD(U) expels LS nominee Shabir Ali for praising Modi

Last Updated 24 March 2014, 14:24 IST

Janata Dal (United) today expelled its party leader and Lok Sabha candidate from Sheohar seat Shabir Ali for praising BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav confirmed the expulsion of Ali, who is the candidate from Sheohar Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, over phone from his constituency Madhepura and said that he had been expelled for life.

However, Yadav refused to give details of Ali's expulsion beyond merely saying that he was a "kharab admi" (bad person).

"I was against him from the beginning and knew he is not a good person. It's good now that his real face has come out and he has been shown the door," the JD(U) president said.

He said JD(U) would replace Ali with another candidate in Sheohar parliamentary seat soon.

Shabir Ali, who was denied a Rajya Sabha renomination recently, praised Narendra Modi's policy attracting the wrath of the party.

He was among three Rajya Sabha members of JD(U), including Shivanand Tiwari and bureaucrat-politician N K Singh, who were denied renomination to the Rajya Sabha last month and were asked to contest Lok Sabha election instead.

While the two others had backed out from contesting polls, Ali had agreed and was allotted party ticket from Sheohar seat.

Ali had come to the JD(U) from Ramvilas Paswan's LJP in the midst of his Rajya Sabha term on expectation of getting renomination.

Ali came down heavily on the party alleging that big leaders were surrounded with "sycophants" who would lead the party to ruins. 

(Published 24 March 2014, 14:24 IST)

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