Nitish 1, Sharad Yadav 0; Former JD-U Chief Loses Party Symbol

Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav (file photo).

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Patna: In a major political setback for the estranged Janata Dal – U leader and former party President Sharad Yadav, the Election Commission on Tuesday rejected his stake on the party election symbol of arrow after he failed to submit required number of signature and other documents to support his claim.

It may be recalled that an angry Yadav, in the wake of the collapse of the Grand Alliance in Bihar, had criticized his own party leader Nitish Kumar for 'betraying the mandate of the people of Bihar' while declaring himself as the leader of the 'real Janata Dal – U'. He then claimed ownership on the JD-U party symbol of arrow since Nitish Kumar, in his view, was no more a member of the party he had helped form.

As reported, the Nitish camp of the JD-U had already given a list of its 145 national members, legislators, and Members of the Parliament to the Election Commission.

The EC's rejection of his claim comes as a major political defeat for Yadav who now remains completely entrenched in the Lalu camp with no other place to go.

Anwar Ali, a JD-U MP in the Sharad camp, said he was disappointed by the EC's decision but would appeal it after first seeking legal advice from the lawyers.

Meanwhile, JD-U spokesperson K C Tyagi said that the party was working to seek Yadav's termination from the Rajya Sabha membership and also expulsion from the party for engaging in anti-party activities.

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