RJD MP Pappu Yadav, who opposed the tie-up with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, was on Thursday expelled from the party amid speculation that he may join hands with BJP ahead of Bihar assembly elections.
"Pappu Yadav has been expelled from the party for six years for indulging in anti-party activities," RJD chief general secretary Ramdeo Bhandari told PTI.
A five-time MP, Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav defeated JD(U) president Sharad Yadav in Madhepura in last general election and has been attacking RJD chief Lalu Prasad over the Janata Parivar merger. He had also targeted Prasad over his suggestion that his son will take over RJD's reins.
"He (Pappu) was hobnobbing with BJP while our party and leader Lalu Prasad have fought the communal forces," RJD MP Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav said.
A know detractor of Nitish Kumar, Pappu Yadav was also opposed to the removal of Jitan Ram Manjhi as Bihar chief minister.
He will be holding a rally in Madhepura, his constituency, next week. He could not be reached for comments but sources close to him said he will be in Delhi tomorrow.
Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav alleged that Pappu Yadav had been deliberately harming the party for some time by questioning its leadership. "He was hands in glove with BJP."
Bhandari said the decision to expel Pappu Yadav was taken after core committee of the party under leadership of RJD president Lalu Prasad found the reply of the MP, who was issued a show cause notice last month, to be "inadequate".
As his differences with Prasad grew, Pappu Yadav had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and there is talk that he along Manjhi may be part of the BJP's alliance to take on the formidable combine of Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar in the assembly elections scheduled later this year.
Pappu Yadav has been in and out of Prasad's party and enjoys considerable following in parts of Bihar.
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