New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) The Election Commission has barred Bihar's ruling Janata Dal (United) from using its election symbol 'Arrow' in Jharkhand and Maharashtra in view of its similarity with the symbols of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Shiv Sena.
JD(U) is a recognized state party in Bihar and Arunachal Pradesh with 'Arrow' as its reserved symbol.
JMM enjoys the same status in Jharkhand with 'Bow and Arrow' as its election symbol while the Shiv Sena is a recognised party in Maharashtra with 'Bow and Arrow' as its symbol. Assembly elections are due in both states.
The EC said in its August 16 order that the JD(U) "will not be granted a concession to use their reserved symbol 'Arrow' for contesting elections in Jharkhand and Maharashtra henceforth."
The order was taken based on an application of June 24 submitted by the JMM.
In March, the EC had banned the symbols of JMM and Shiv Sena in Bihar in view of their similarity with the symbol of JD(U), ahead of the Lok Sabha.