The Rajshtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has expelled former MP Ali Ashraf Fatmi from the party for six years because of his “anti-party activities.”
Fatmi has already resigned from the primary membership of the party.
Fatmi announced that he will file nomination from Madhubani Parliamentary constituency as an independent against the grand alliance candidate.
Tejashwi Prasad, who is leading the RJD in absence of his jailed father Lalu Prasad in fodder scam, has threatened party members that stern action will be taken against those who indulge in anti-party activities.
Fatmi hits back
Fatmi hit out at Tejashwi for ill-treating senior party members like him.
“Tejashwi talked about my expulsion from party for six years. Why not the same treatment for his elder brother Tej Pratap, who is also going against the party lines? In fact, Tej is even campaigning for candidates of his choice in Jehanabad and Sheohar, but Tejashwi is cutting his birthday cake together. In fact, my experience in politics and association with erstwhile Janata Dal and now RJD is more than Tejashwi’s age,” the four-time MP said.
Fatmi’s son Faraz Fatmi is an RJD MLA from Keoti in Darbhanga.
Meanwhile, Congress leader and former Union minister Shakeel Ahmad, who resigned as the senior spokesperson of the AICC on Monday, said that he has submitted his nomination papers for Madhubani seat.
Both Fatmi (RJD) and Ahmad (Congress) are unhappy after Madhubani seat went to Opposition Alliance constituent ally Vikasheel Insaf Party (VIP) as per the seat sharing deal.
Interestingly, both Shakeel Ahmad and Ali Ashraf Fatmi, were until recently strong advocates of a mega alliance to give a “befitting reply” to the surging BJP but the denial of tickets have left them as party rebels overnight.