Symbol for MCD polls: HC reserves order on Swaraj India's plea

| Updated: Mar 23, 2017 23:46 IST

New Delhi [India] Mar. 23 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved its order on Swaraj India's plea seeking allotment of common symbol to the party to contest the upcoming municipal polls in the national capital. Appearing for the Delhi state election commission, advocate Sumit Pushkarna earlier on Tuesday submitted before the court that they didn't have the power to allot symbols to unrecognised but registered political parties, adding that this power was vested with the Election Commission of India (ECI). Swaraj India, a party led by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, approached the Delhi High Court earlier last week challenging the state election commission's denial to their plea for a common symbol in the upcoming civic polls. The Delhi state election commission earlier on March 14 announced April 22 as the date for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (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. Swaraj India was floated by Yadav and Bhushan, who were expelled from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after they questioned 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)

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