Elec­tion Com­mis­sion Dis­misses Sharad Ya­dav Claim to JDU Sym­bol

The Day After - - STATES DIARY -

Sharad Ya­dav’s as­ser­tion that he, and not Bi­har CM Ni­tish Ku­mar, rep­re­sented the “real” JDU re­ceived a hit last fort­night when the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) re­fused to entertain his re­quest due to lack of doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence. The Ni­tish camp had dis­missed Sharad Ya­dav’s ap­pli­ca­tion at the poll panel to de­lay a de­ci­sion on his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion by the Ra­jya Sabha for anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties and asked the poll panel to fast-track a de­ci­sion.

It had also reached out to the com­mis­sion with af­fi­davits of law­mak­ers at the cen­tre and the state to make its case. Sharad Ya­dav, who was the party chief for years be­fore Ni­tish Ku­mar took charge in 2016, turned against the Chief Min­is­ter af­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar and called the BJP-JDU al­liance a be­trayal of the peo­ple’s man­date. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing rep­ri­mands from the party Ya­dav at­tended an anti-BJP rally called by Lalu Ya­dav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal.

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