Setback to Sharad as EC dismisses plea

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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.

New Delhi, September 11:The Supreme Court today sought the views of the Election Commission on a petition which sought disqualification of Bihar Chief Minister and JD (U) chief Nitish Kumar, alleging that he did disclose in election affidavits an FIR against him in a murder case.

The JD-U also submitted that Yadav had voluntarily left the party and had involved in anti-party activities. Yadav was removed as the party's leader in the Upper House on August 12. RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had alleged Nitish Kumar defeated the mandate of the voters in Assembly elections in 2015.

Yadav was miffed by the decision of Nitish Kumar snapped ties with Rashtriya Janta Dal and Congress. Nitish Kumar formed the government with the support of BJP in Bihar.

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JD (U) MP and its leader in Rajya Sabha RCP Singh welcomed the Election Commission's decision.

Claiming to represent the real JD (U), his faction has also approached the EC, seeking its symbol. "Yadav was informed that if he attends the rally, it would be considered anti party activity", Tyagi added, further remarking that Sharad has given up party membership himself.

The commission has now said that it is now for Mr Yadav to come back to the poll panel with evidence of support within the party.

Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha secretariat has asked the JD (U)'s rebel MPs, Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar, to respond within a week to their party's petition that they be disqualified from the House for their "anti-party" activities. The party general secretary Sanjay Jha said there was precedence of a member being disqualified from the Rajya Sabha after they attended opposition's events.

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