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Sharad submits fresh petition before EC to stake claim over JD-U’s poll symbol

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PATNA: Two days after the Election Commission rejected his contention, rebel JD-U parliamentarian Sharad Yadav today submitted fresh petition to the poll panel, staking claim over the party’s poll symbol.

Yadav sought a month-time to submit supporting documents to prove his contention of his faction being the “real” JD-U.

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“We have applied with the Election Commission again on Thursday for the party’s election symbol. Our previous application was not rejected but set aside by the Commission as it did not have the signature of Sharad Yadav,” JD-U general secretary Arun Shrivastav was quoted as saying by news agency IANS today.

The development comes two days after the EC refused to recognize the claim of his faction being the “real” JD-U, citing lack of sufficient documents to support its claim.

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For the same reason, the EC also rejected Sharad faction’s demand for allotment of party’s poll symbol.

Last month, the Sharad faction had moved the Election Commission, claiming they represent the “real” party and staked claim over party’s poll symbol.

The faction apprised the EC of how the majority of the party workers, national council members, and state presidents were with them and also staked claim over party’s official poll symbol of “arrow”.

Sharad revolted against the party leadership after chief minister Nitish Kumar broke alliance with the ruling Grand Alliance in Bihar last month and then formed government with the BJP which, according to him, was given the mandate to sit in the opposition.

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