Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Nitish Kumar wins arrow war with Sharad Yadav

Nitish Kumar wins arrow war with Sharad Yadav

The Election Commission recognised the Nitish Kumar-led grouping as Janata Dal (United) on Friday, rejecting the claim of rebel leader Sharad Yadav. "Consequently the group led by Nitish Kumar is entitled to use the reserved symbol Arrow of the party as a recognized party in Bihar", the Election Commission said in its order today.

The Election Commission examined the evidence put forth by both the parties and concluded that the group led by Mr. Kumar had demonstrated overwhelming majority support in the legislature wing as well as in the party's national council, which is the apex organisational body.

The EC order on Friday came in the midst of Gujarat assembly poll.

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"The group led by Nitish Kumar is hereby recognised as the Janata Dal (United)".

While senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal argued for the Sharad Yadav camp, Rakesh Dwivedi appeared on behalf of the Nitish Kumar group in the hearing before the EC.

Yadav had maintained that the faction led by him was the real JD (U).

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However, the Commission in its order pointed out that "there was no objection from the petitioner against the said list prior to the present application".

Summary: "Equal opportunities to all sections of the society has been envisaged by our Constitution, but several sections of our society could not get equal opportunities in the past", Nitish said.In response to a question, Nitish said the state had benefited ever since the the JD (U) and BJP joined hands again.

"It has also been clarified by this order that three is no dispute or dissatisfaction in any corner of the party", he added. "Reservation is one of the many ways through which we try to achieve that", Kumar, whose recent decision to introduce reservations in outsourced services has been widely talked about, said.

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After EC's decision, rebel leader Ali Anwar said that they would go to the people and share the truth. Vasava was appointed the Acting President of their party by the rebel faction on September 17 this year.

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