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Patna: In keeping with its promise to mete out stern justice to party rebels who flouted party norms and indulged in anti-party activities before the polls, the Janata Dal (United)'s disciplinary arm on Tuesday decided to purge 41 party members for six years while no post will be proffered to 73 members for three years. To show that it means business, the party has issued formidable warnings to at least 174 members suspected to have worked against the party.
According to informed sources, the party's national president Sharad Yadav will mull over the course of action to be initiated against the 11 MPs who include notables like the ex-State chief Rajiv Ranjan alias Lallan Singh, Upendra Kuswaha, Monazir Hasan, Mangnilal Mandal and P. Ram among others.
It is believed that at least three of the MPs are to be permanently axed.
The panel alleged it had irrefutable evidence in the form of recoded phone conversations against some of the MPs, including Mr. Singh, who, they claimed, had conspicuously turned towards the Congress before the elections.
Following their thumping poll victory, JD (U) bigwigs had made clear that dissidents would be brought to book as they had attempted to severely sabotage the party's unity prior to the elections.
Earlier in January this year, the JD (U) had issued show cause notices to over 300 dissidents including MPs and MLCs, while even going as far as to seek legal help in getting rid of their disgruntled colleagues.
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