Nitish's JD-U is real party, entitled to use 'Arrow' symbol

Nitish Kumar

The EC's decision may have ramifications over the disqualification case against party's rebel Rajya Sabha MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwer Ansari, which is being heard by Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu.

The EC, in its order, said the group led by Kumar 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 organisational body of the JD (U).

Accordingly, it said, "the group led by Nitish Kumar is hereby recognised as the Janata Dal (United)..."

Replying to another query, Kumar who is running the Bihar government in alliance with the BJP, said he did not see the saffron party facing "any difficulty" in retaining power in Gujarat in next month's Assembly polls in that state.

The JD (U) witnessed an informal split after Nitish Kumar chose to shun Lalu Yadav's RJD in Bihar and formed the next government with the support of BJP.

On the other hand, the counsel for the Nitish's faction advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, contended that the present strength the national council of the Party consists of 195 members as reconstituted on the basis of the organisational elections held in October, 2016.

The Commission has pronounced its final order after rejecting the petition by Mr Vasava.

In the wake of Gujarat assembly polls, starting from December 9th, both factions of JD (U) had asked the Election Commission to decide on the symbol row as they were contesting the polls. JD (U) national general secretary Sanjay Jha on Friday accused the Congress of trying to repeatedly prop up Sharad Yadav against Nitish Kumar.

"It has also been clarified by this order that three is no dispute or dissatisfaction in any corner of the party", he added. "Several attempts had been made to obfuscate truth but the truth finally came out victorious", Nitish said.

"With RJD being run by a strong Yadav family, it would be a natural homecoming for Mr. Sharad Yadav", said an RJD leader.

Putting forth a different scenario that might emerge, political analyst Tharasu Shyam told Express, "The EC could take into account the "change of circumstances" that took place in the AIADMK".

As the rift between the two widened, Sharad held a "national executive" of the JD (U) where Chhotubhai Amarsang Vasava was appointed as the acting president.

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