The Election Commission of India on Friday said that the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led camp of the Janata Dal (United) would be recognised as the real JD(U), and it could use the party’s arrow symbol. The other camp, led by Sharad Yadav, had also staked claim to the symbol ever since disagreements crept up between the two leaders in August.
In its order, the poll panel said that Kumar’s faction had “demonstrated overwhelming majority support” in the party’s legislature wing as well as national council, PTI reported.
On August 25, Yadav had approached the poll panel for his camp to be recognised as the JD(U), on the grounds that he had co-founded the party.
Yadav has been at odds with his party ever since Kumar chose to break the alliance in the state with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress and tie up with the Bharatiya Janata Party. Yadav was removed as the party’s leader in the Rajya Sabha on August 12.