JD(U) in Search of Sym­bol as it Plans Na­tional Foray

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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