Tejashwi Yadav counter attacks Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi

Big setback for Sharad Yadav in fight against Nitish Kumar in Bihar, EC rejects claim on JDU party symbol

Big setback for Sharad Yadav in fight against Nitish Kumar in Bihar, EC rejects claim on JDU party symbol

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday disposed off senior Janata Dal (United) [JD (U)] leader Sharad Yadav's application staking claim over party symbol, saying it was not supported with relevant documents.

Sources in the Commission said a communication has been sent to the Yadav camp, conveying that its "application has been dismissed as it is not supported with documents of support". Yadav was removed as the party's leader in the Upper House on August 12.

"We have submitted the affidavits of all the 71 party MLAs, all the 30 MLCs, both the Lok Sabha members and seven of the 10 Rajya Sabha members of the party, supporting the leadership of Nitish Kumar", Tyagi said.

The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a petition which seeks the disqualification of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, alleging that the JD (U) chief did not disclose in election affidavits an FIR against him in a murder case. "Sharad Yadav wanted to show that there is a splinter group within the party, of which he is the leader".

"Almost all the elected members and an overwhelming majority of office-bearers are with us".

Yadav, the former president and co-founder of JDU, had approached the EC, claiming that he represented the "real" party. "They are merely some individuals", he said.

Just like the JD (U) and BJP had done for RJD, Tejashwi has also demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the scam, for which the Chief Minister also recommended and the agency has begun with its investigation. The party general secretary Sanjay Jha said there was precedence of a member being disqualified from the Rajya Sabha after they attended opposition's events.

He claimed that the real JD (U) was with him and the one with Kumar was "sarkari JD (U)".

JD (U) MP and its leader in Rajya Sabha RCP Singh welcomed the Election Commission's decision.

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