PATNA: Despite the setback it suffered when Election Commission of India (ECI) refused to allot it JD(U)’s official arrow symbol, the party’s rebel faction led by socialist veteran and Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav hopes to win the symbol and the “legitimate control” over the party in its appeal in a high court.
A top aide of Yadav said on Sunday that a “motivated ECI gravely erred” by ignoring the basic facts on the composition and functioning of political parties and that the decision would not stand scrutiny in a high court.
“It may take some time, but we are certain that we will get the official arrow symbol of JD(U), the party which Sharad Yadav co-founded and served for years as its national president,” said Arun Srivastava, one of Yadav’s chief lieutenants, to the New Indian Express.
Srivastava, who was the first top JD(U) leader to be stripped of his party position by NitishKumar, said a legal team is currently reviewing the EC order and that it would be challenged in Delhi High Court in a week.
“A motivated ECI gravely erred in granting JD(U)’s official election symbol, arrow, to the Nitish Kumar group. ECI simply ignored the basic facts that a political party is not the same as the group of its elected MLAs and MPs,” said Srivastava, who was sacked from the post of JD(U) national general secretary for siding with Yadav.
Brimming with confidence that the ECI decision would not stand the scrutiny in a high court, he said: “We are going to contest at least seven seats in the Gujarat Assembly polls in alliance with Congress. Our failure to get our party’s arrow symbol came as a shock for us”.
Yadav, a seven-term Lok Sabha member who is currently a RS member since 2014, will address several campaign rallies in Gujarat, said Srivasava. “Sharad Yadav will then address a series of public meetings across Bihar,” he added.