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Sharad Yadav to float new party by mid-February

A grand launch of the party has been planned in New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium which will see the participation of all rebel leaders who parted ways with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar-led JD(U).

india Updated: Jan 25, 2018 18:51 IST
Vijay Swaroop, Hindustan Times, Patna
Sharad Yadav,Rebel Janata Dal,Election Commission
JD (U) rebel leader Sharad Yadav addressing the media in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Rebel Janata Dal(United) leader Sharad Yadav is all set to float a new party by mid-February, almost two months after he was disqualified from the Rajya Sabha for indulging in anti-party activities, an official of the faction said on Thursday.

“We are awaiting the Election Commission’s clearance on the names we have suggested,” Arun Srivastava, Yadav’s close aide and general secretary of JD(U) (Sharad), said.

“We have submitted three-four names with the EC -- Samajwadi Janata Dal, Apana Janata Dal, Lok Tantrik Janata Dal, etc,” Srivastava added.

A grand launch of the party has been planned in New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium which will see the participation of all rebel leaders who parted ways with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar-led JD(U).

Kumar’s decision to tie up with the Bharatiya Janata Party in July last year caused a split between the two as Yadav opposed the move and announced his support to the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress. Yadav was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2016 from Bihar and his tenure was till 2022.

Yadav has since been organising conferences across the country, called “Saajhi Virasat Bachao Sammelan”, which have been attended by leaders from almost all opposition parties.

The Yadav group made a representation before the poll panel in August last year claiming that they were the rightful heir of the party symbol.

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

The rebel group lost its claim over the arrow symbol of the JD(U) in December last year after the panel rejected its petition.

The election watchdog said that the Yadav group did not produce any supporting document to show that they have an adequate support of the legislative and the organisational wings, 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.”

However, the group challenged the panel’s decision in the high court and the matter could be heard on February 19.

“In the meantime, we have decided to seek a symbol which is related to farmers or which has an agricultural background. A final decision will be taken once the hearing is over,” Srivastava said.

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 16:47 IST