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Sharad Yadav is new JD(U) president
April 11, 2006 20:02 IST
Last Updated: April 11, 2006 22:37 IST
Sharad Yadav was on Monday elected the new president of the Janata Dal (United) in a one-sided electoral battle. His election was announced by the returning officer for the poll Subhas Srivastava.
While Yadav polled 413 votes, the incumbent and rival George Fernandes fetched just 25 votes.
Ten votes were declared invalid and 123 registered voters did not exercise their franchise, Subhash Srivastava, the returning officer, announced amidst jubiliation by Yadav's supporters.
Srivastava was appointed returning officer after Fernandes loyalist Aneel Hedge was removed by the national executive minutes before national council members began voting to elect a new president.
The contest took place after all attempts by senior party leaders, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who backed Yadav, to bring about a rapprochement between the two party stalwarts came a cropper.
Though Fernandes, who arrived here from New Delhi on Tuesday morning, met Kumar at his official residence for a couple of hours, a compromise could not be reached. Yadav, according to insiders, insisted on holding the election refusing even to meet Fernandes at Kumar's residence and left for his hotel minutes before Fernandes arrived for the meeting.
He rejected an offer mooted by the Fernandes camp to allow the veteran leader to get re-elected as a 'face-saver' before resigning a couple of months later on health grounds.