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Nitish Kumar faction entitled to use JD-U’s ‘arrow’ poll symbol, rules EC


PATNA: The poll symbol of “Arrow” will stay with the Nitish Kumar faction of the ruling JD-U in Bihar, the Election Commission ruled on Friday.

After a marathon hearing which lasted for two days, the EC today identified the Nitish Kumar faction as the “real” JD-U saying it is entitled to use the ‘Arrow’ poll symbol of the party.

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“The group led by Nitish Kumar is hereby recognised as the Janata Dal (United)…Consequently, the group led by Nitish Kumar is entitled to use the reserved symbol ‘Arrow’ of the party as a recognised State Party in Bihar,” EC was quoted as saying in its order.

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The EC also said the Nitish Kumar faction “has demonstrated overwhelming majority support” in the legislature wing as well as the majority in the national council of the party, as per the report.

The order has come a serious setback for rebel JD-U MP Sharad Yadav who was locked in a bitter battle with Nitish Kumar for the past four months over party’s poll symbol.

Senior JD-U leader and MP Sharad Yadav had moved the EC after the Nitish Kumar faction claimed it to be the “real” JD-U when the former rebelled against the party.

Yadav revolted against the party after chief minister Nitish Kumar broke alliance with Lalu Prasad-led RJD in July and formed government with the BJP.

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