Nitish beats Sharad in battle for arrow

EC rules Nitish's is real JD, setback for Sharad Yadav

EC recognises Nitish Kumar led faction as JD(U), entitles them to use arrow as symbol

The Election Commission on Friday settled the symbol row within Janata Dal (United) by recognising the group led by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar as the real party entitled to use its reserved symbol "arrow".

Vasava had alleged that there has been a dispute in the party following the decision taken in July by the Kumar-led faction to end the grand alliance (Mahagathbandhan), which Congress, JD (U) and Rashtriya Janata Dal formed in 2015, and align with the BJP.

The Election Commission, however, in its order concluded that that the Nitish Kumar group has demonstrated overwhelming majority support in the legislature wing as well as the majority in the national council of the party, which is the apex organizational body of the party.

Unhappy with the decision of Nitish Kumar, senior party leader Sharad Yadav chose to part his ways along with some other senior leader.

Kumar has already made a decision to field around 12 candidates in the tribal belt of Gujarat where the JD (U) has traditionally been strong.

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The EC ruling comes as a setback for the party's faction led by senior leader Sharad Yadav who is fighting the coming Assembly polls in Gujarat in an alliance with the Congress.

The poll body gave the order after hearing both parties on the petition of lone Guiarat MLA from JD-U, Chhotubhai Vasava, who is the working president of Yadav's faction.

There is also speculation that Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leaders and recently-inducted OBC community leader Alpesh Thakore held talks with Congress leaders in Delhi, to decide on the candidates for the Gujarat Assembly election.

Yadav had earlier approached the Election Commission staking claim over the JD (U)'s election symbol. The counsel for the petitioner group, former Law Minister Kapil Sibal, contended that the EC should look into the numerical strength of the national council of the party, as constituted in 2013, and which consisted of 1,098 members, and who attended the national convention of the party on 23-04-2016.

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