Delhi high court notice to election commission on Sharad Yadav's 'arrow symbol' plea

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WION Web Team New Delhi, India Dec 07, 2017, 07.24 AM (IST)

The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Election Commission of India and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) on a plea by the former JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav's faction against the poll body order rejecting its claim to the party's "arrow" symbol.

The Delhi high court will hear the matter on February 18.

The newly-appointed president of the Sharad Yadav faction, K Rajasekaran, had yesterday moved Delhi High Court challenging the Election Commission order.

Rajasekaran has challenged the poll panel's November 25 order, which stated that that faction led by Nitish Kumar was the real JD(U) and allotted it the "arrow" symbol.
symbol. He has asked for the Election Commission's November 25 order to be set aside in his plea.

Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav parted ways after the Bihar chief minister allied with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in July and broke the Mahagathbandhan or the grand alliance between the Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal, and the Congress parties.

Sharad Yadav had claimed that by ending the alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD and deserting the Mahagathbandhan, Nitish Kumar had gone against the party's national executive's decision to oppose the BJP. 

(With inputs from ANI)