Election Commission has granted legitimacy to the Upendra Yadav-led faction of Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP), ending the longstanding intra-party feud. The EC on Monday granted legitimacy to the Yadav-led faction of JSP and asked the Thakur led-faction to register a new party. With the EC’s decision the key Madhesi party has formally split. The EC took the decision to this effect as Yadav was able to garner signatures of a majority of executive members. Of the total 51 executive members of the party, 34 members signed in favour of Yadav, while only 16 memes signed in favor of Thakur. However, one member remained neutral in the dispute. With this, Thakur now is required to register a new party at the Election Commission. JSP Chairman Yadav has, has meanwhile, announced that the party would join the Sher Bahadur Deuba led government. Thakur led faction of the JSP had joined the previous government led by K.P. Oli.