Delhi High Court (File photo)
Delhi High Court (File photo)

Delhi HC issues notice to EC on plea for de-registration of political parties with religious connotations

ANI | Updated: May 24, 2019 16:49 IST

New Delhi (India) May 24 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Friday sought the response of the Election Commission on a plea seeking a direction to the poll body to de-register political parties with religious, caste, ethnic or linguistic connotations if they fail to rename within three months.
A division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anup Bambani also issued a notice to the Centre on the petition filed by lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay and slated the matter for hearing on July 17.
The court asked the petitioner to file an affidavit providing additional grounds for his contention.
In his plea, Upadhyay, citing the examples of Hindu Sena, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Indian Union Muslim League and others, said that there are many parties with religious, caste, ethnic and linguistic connotations.
The petition sought a direction to the EC to de-register such parties if they fail to rename within three months.
It also pleaded that flags of political parties should be reviewed to ensure that they are not similar to the national flag. (ANI)

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