Setback for Sharad Yadav: Election Commission calls Nitish-led group real JD(U)

Ivan Schwartz
November 20, 2017

The petition in the election commission was filed by Gujarat JD (U) MLA Sharad Yadav supporter Chhotubhai Amarsang Vasava.

The order follows a month-long tussle between the groups led by Kumar and former JD-U chief Sharad Yadav.

"The group led by Nitish Kumar is hereby recognised as the Janata Dal (United)".

Party general secretary Javed Raja from Sharad faction said that they were surprised to receive the above order as it was passed without reasons in support and the grounds for challenge are not yet available. "Consequently, the group led by Nitish Kumar is entitled to use the reserved symbol "Arrow" of the party as a recognised state party in Bihar", the EC said in its order. "Work has begun on the several projects which had been pending earlier", he said and reiterated that his decision to join hands with BJP again was exclusively meant for expediting the development of Bihar.Speaking on the harsh laws related to prohibition, anti-dowry and child marriages, Nitish said a human chain would be formed across the state on January 21 to create awareness about these issues. The move comes at a time when both factions of JD (U) have announced to field candidates in its erstwhile influence pockets in Gujarat Assembly polls.

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Brimming with confidence that the ECI decision would not stand the scrutiny in a high court, he said: "We are going to contest at least seven seats in the Gujarat Assembly polls in alliance with Congress".

Srivastava, who was the first top JD (U) leader to be stripped of his party position by NitishKumar, said a legal team is now reviewing the EC order and that it would be challenged in Delhi High Court in a week.

The commission said that the test of majority support as upheld by Supreme Court in Sadiq Ali versus EC applies in the case like all prior party symbol controversies. "He stated that the petitioner has submitted affidavits of about 450 persons who are claimed to be members from out of the said 1,098 members", the order read.

On whether the Election Commission ruling would impact his Rajya Sabha membership as the Nitish group has sought his disqualification, Sharad shot back: "So what?"

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