Sharad Yadav loses fight over ‘arrow’ symbol as EC rejects claim

The Yadav group had on August 25 made a representation before the EC claiming that they were the rightful heir to the party symbol.

india Updated: Sep 12, 2017 22:56 IST
Vijay Swaroop
Vijay Swaroop
Hindustan Times, Patna
Sharad Yadav,Election Commission,JDU
JD (U)’s party symbol - an arrow.

In a setback to the Sharad Yadav-led JD(U) camp, the Election Commission on Tuesday rejected its petition staking its claim on the party symbol ‘arrow’.

The EC decision comes close on the heels of the Rajya Sabha secretariat asking Yadav and the other rebel party MP, Ali Anwar, to respond within a week to their party’s petition seeking their disqualification from the Rajya Sabha membership for their “anti-party activities”.

The two developments have all but paved the way for loss of their Rajya Sabha membership and an automatic disqualification from the party.

In its order, the commission has said that the Yadav group did not produce any supporting document to show that they have an adequate support of the legislative wing and the organisational wing, which qualifies them to make it the ‘splinter group of the party within the meaning of paragraph 15 of Election Symbols (Reservation & Allotment) Order, 1968’.

The Yadav group had on August 25 made a representation before the EC claiming that they were the rightful heir to the party symbol.

The Kumar-led group had on September 9 made a counterclaim on the symbol by producing affidavits of the support of all 71 MLAs and 30 MLCs from Bihar as well as two Lok Sabha and seven Rajya Sabha MPs, the majority of national executive and national council members.

Kumar’s group had also petitioned the Rajya Sabha chairman for suspension of Yadav and Anwar’s membership on September 6. “There is a precedent of a member being disqualified from the Rajya Sabha after he attended the opposition’s events. One example is of Jai Narain Prasad Nishad, a BJP member who had drifted toward RJD,” said JD(U) general secretary Sanjay Jha.

The Nitish camp had also presented proofs of Yadav’s anti-party activities, like attending a rally organised by RJD in Patna and a ‘yatra’ with the help of RJD in Bihar.

The constitutional provisions under which JD(U) is seeking the suspension state that “an elected member of the house, who has not been elected as a candidate set up by a political party, joins any political party after his election, or if he voluntarily gives up his membership of the political party, if any, by which he was set up as a candidate for election as such member, in those circumstances, a member is disqualified as a member of the house”.

The Yadav group has decided to convene its own national executive meeting in Delhi on September 17 as part of its efforts to ‘isolate’ Nitish Kumar and ratify its claim of being the “real JD(U).”

First Published: Sep 12, 2017 22:56 IST