In a move aimed to send a strong message to the party, JDU on Monday suspended 21 party members from their primary memberships over involvement in anti-party activities in the state of Bihar.

The circular released by the party has a list of all the 21 party men stating that the whip has been commissioned by Janata Dal (United) state president Vashistha Narayan Singh. “The suspension will be in effect from August 14,” reads the statement.

The order comes two days after Sharad Yadav was removed from as the chief of JDU parliamentary party. The name of JD(U)’s Rajya Sabha member Ram Chandra Prasad Singh is doing the rounds as the new leader of the parliamentary party.

According to JD(U) sources, the decision to remove Sharad Yadav from the party post has been communicated to the Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

Sharad Yadav had expressed differences with party chief Nitish Kumar’s decision to snap ties with Congress and RJD and form a government in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar.

Earlier, the party also suspended its MP and senior face of the party Ali Anwar Ansari from parliamentary party for taking part in a meeting of opposition parties convened by Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday.

Like Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar Ansari had also expressed his discomfort after party chief Nitish Kumar broke Grand Alliance and aligned with the BJP.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had called a meeting of 18 opposition parties on August 11 (Friday), the last day of Parliament’s monsoon session, to discuss the future course of action of the joint opposition and chalk out a strategy against the Modi government.

The meeting was chaired by Sonia Gandhi. Janata Dal(United) leader Sharad Yadav was also invited to the meeting. (With Agency Inputs)