Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav parted ways after the former decided to join hands with the BJP in July, triggering a battle for the control of the party.
The EC on Friday ruled that the group led by Nitish Kumar is the real JD(U) and that the faction is entitled to use the 'Arrow' symbol of the party.
The decision is a huge setback for the faction led by Sharad Yadav who had moved the EC claiming that his group was the real JD(U) and that it should be given the right to contest polls using the ‘Arrow’ symbol.
According to BJP sources, the media committee under the Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) objected to the word mentioned in the script of the advertisement which was submitted by the party for approval last month.
Election Commission of India will hold a pre-poll preparedness review meeting with CEOs of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura at New Delhi tomorrow.
In July, AG KK Venugopal had told SC that NRIs could not be allowed to vote by merely changing the rules and a Bill was needed to be introduced in Parliament.
Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena informed that the previous highest polling percentage of 73.5 was recorded in the 2012 assembly polls. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it was 64.45 per cent.
A total of 50.25 lakh electorate, including 19 lakh women and 14 transgenders, will exercise their franchise. Polling in the state will be held from 8 am to 5 pm and web-casting will be used in 2,307 polling stations.
Exit poll results for Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat assembly elections cannot be made public before December 14 evening, the Election Commission said today.
Expressing his faith in the poll panel, Virbhadra Singh said the period between voting and counting is long, assurance for proper safety of the machines is required.
Polling for the 68-member Himachal Assembly will take place on November 9 while counting of votes is scheduled for December 18.
Earlier in the day, attacking Congress party in a poll rally in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra, PM Narendra Modi said the state's ruling party has become a "laughing club".
The Supreme Court directed the Centre on Wednesday to place before it details regarding 1,581 cases involving MPs and MLAs.