Setback for Sharad Yadav as Election Commission rejects his faction's claim over JD(U)

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Setback for Sharad Yadav as Election Commission rejects his faction's claim over JD(U)

The Election Commission of India has rejected rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav's claim over the party.

The Election Commission of India has rejected rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav's claim over the party. Sources in the poll panel said that the claims of the Sharad Yadav faction were not substantiated with documents and hence their application was rejected. The decision has upheld Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's claim as the leader of the party.

Election Commission sources told India Today that the Sharad Yadav camp's application staking claim over the JD(U) was not backed by documents and letters of support from party leaders. This was the reason why the faction's claim was rejected. The Sharad camp, in its application, had assured the Election Commission that it would come up with supporting documents but could not do so.

JD(U) MP and its leader in Rajya Sabha RCP Singh welcomed the Election Commission's decision. Speaking to India Today, he said, "JD(U) is one party and Nitish Kumar is our national president. Sharad Yadav wanted to show that there is a splinter group within the party, of which he is the leader."

"The Sharad camp in its application could not show it has any support. We will not remove him from the party. We have moved a resolution against him in Rajya Sabha. His membership will go. There is no place for Sharad Yadav in JD(U)", he added.

The verdict comes as a rude shock to veteran leader Sharad Yadav, who was hoping for a long-drawn battle over the control of JD(U). With the EC's verdict going in Nitish's favour, the decision over the Rajya Sabha membership of both rebel leaders - Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar - is expected soon.