Election Commission Dismisses Sharad Yadav Claim to JDU Symbol
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.