The Janata Dal (United) faction led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told the Delhi High Court on Thursday that the Sharad Yadav faction, which was claiming to be the real JD(U), has formed a new political party.

An additional affidavit filed by Ram Chandra Prasad Singh, Rajya Sabha MP and JD(U) general secretary, said Mr. Yadav and other individuals, who had claimed to represent the real JD(U), had launched a new political party, called the ‘Loktantrik Janata Dal’, in May.

Justice V. Kameswar Rao asked Mr. Singh to file an application to place the affidavit on record.

The court listed the matter, relating to a plea against the Election Commission’s order rejecting the claim of the Yadav faction over the party’s name and poll symbol ‘Arrow’, for final disposal on September 13.

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