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Poll symbol: HC seeks JD-U MP, EC's response to Sharad Yadav faction's plea

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The High on Thursday issued a notice to Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Ramachandra Prasad Singh and the Commission (EC) on a plea filed by the Sharad Yadav faction of the party, challenging the poll panel's order of granting the party's "Arrow" symbol to the faction led by

Justice Indermeet Kaur sought a response from the Commission and Singh, a Rajya Sabha member from the party, on the plea and posted the matter for hearing on February 19.

K. Rajasekaran, the newly-appointed President of the Sharad Yadav faction of the JD-U, filed the petition, seeking that the November 25 order of the Commission, by which it granted the Arrow symbol to the Nitish Kumar-led faction, be set aside.

Earlier, legislator Chottubhai Vasava of the Sharad Yadav faction had moved the high against the poll panel's November 17 order rejecting their claim to the JD-U symbol.

On Vasava's plea, the high had asked the Commission to pass a reasoned order in the matter and on November 25, the poll panel had passed the order giving details of the decision.

The EC had recognised the faction of the JD-U as the "real party" and hence entitled to use the party's Arrow poll symbol.

The poll panel had said that the group led by had demonstrated overwhelming majority support in the legislature wing as well as in the National Council of the JD-U -- the apex organisational body of the party.

Sharad Yadav, a former President of the JD-U, broke away from the Chief Minister and JD-U President after the latter joined the (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in July this year.

The Commission had referred to the Supreme Court's verdict wherein the apex had upheld the principle of test of majority support in the organisational and legislative wings.



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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 16:28 IST