JD(U) in Search of Symbol as it Plans National Foray
New Delhi: Nitish Kumar-led JD(U), which is nurturing national ambitions since its grand victory in Bihar, is in quest of a new party symbol as the arrow registered in its name with the Election Commission starkly resembles the symbols allotted to JMM and Shiv Sena. JD(U) Rajya Sabha members KC Tyagi and RCP Singh took this issue to the EC in March and submitted an application that a new poll symbol be allotted to the party. WhileJD(U)’ssymbolisahorizont a l a r row, Shiv Sena a nd Jharkhand Mukti Morcha have identical bow and arrow symbols.
“We realised the gravity of the problem during the Bihar polls when one of our candidates lost, while the Sena candidate contesting against him got 72,000 votes though that party does not have any presence in the state,” a JD(U) leader told ET.
This issue has cropped up at a time when JD(U) is looking for new partners and is in talks with RLD, JVM and others fo r a merger. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar will head the party that will be formed after the merger.
Whilethenameof thispartywill be decided only after all the possible constituents have held their national council meetings where they endorse the idea and then convey it to the EC as per established rules, JD(U) has already beguntheprocessof gettinganew symbol for the new party.
Initially, the plan was to get the chakra symbol that was originally with the Janata Dal. However, when the party split with Deve GowdaformingJD(S)andSharad Yadav-Nitish Kumar led the other faction that came to be known as
JD(U)’s attempts to convince Deve Gowda to allow it the use of chakra have not borne fruit
JD(U), the chakra symbol was frozen by the EC.
JD(U)’s attempts to convince Gowda to allow it the use of chakra have not borne fruit. “Gowda’s response has not been very pleasant as he is unhappy with JD(U) for poaching his party leader MP Veerendra Kumar,” a party leader said. JD (S) has a farmer working in the field as its symbol.