Delhi HC to hear Swaraj India's plea on common symbol

| Updated: Mar 20, 2017 12:07 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 20 (ANI): The Delhi High Court will on Monday resume its hearing on Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj India's plea for allotting a common symbol to the party for the upcoming civic polls. Swaraj India, led by Yogender Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, approached the Delhi High Court earlier on Tuesday challenging the state election commission's denial to their plea for a common symbol in the upcoming civic polls. Delhi state election commission earlier on March 14 announced April 22 as the date for MCD polls. The petitioner said the poll panel denied the request for a symbol on March 7 despite a provision in the rules to provide a symbol to a registered but unrecognised political party like Swaraj India which is set to make its electoral debut. Senior advocate Arvind Nigam mentioned the matter before a bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and V. K. Rao for an urgent hearing. Swaraj India was floated by Yadav and Bhushan, who were expelled from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after they questioned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's leadership. The lawyer argued that under the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) (Amendment) order, the Election Commission of India itself allows newly registered political parties to have a common symbol for all their candidates for contesting their first election. The party has claimed that states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Kerala, Sikkim and Tripura follow the rules made by the Election Commission of India (ECI). (ANI)