Delhi High Court to issue interim order on Yogendra Yadav’s Swaraj India’s plea on poll symbol

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New Delhi | Published: April 1, 2017 7:56:47 PM

Following the petition by the Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj India's plea challenging a single judge's verdict dismissing their ples for the allocation of a common symbol to its candidate in the upcoming MCD polls, the Delhi High Court has today said that it will issue an interim order on April 3.

Swaraj India supremo Yogendra Yadav. (PTI)

Following the petition by the Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj India’s plea challenging a single judge’s verdict dismissing their ples for the allocation of a common symbol to its candidate in the upcoming MCD polls, the Delhi High Court has today said that it will issue an interim order on April 3. Stating that the matter requires consideration, the Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar asserted that they will be passing an interim order for now on Monday as to whether a common symbol can be allotted to Swaraj India in the upcoming municipal corporation elections.

With the MCD elections set to be held on April 23, the bench of justice said, “Due to paucity of time we will at present pass an interim order, as the matter requires consideration. In democracy we will have to allow others also to contest election. It cannot be restricted to only one or two political parties.”

It observed that even the Delhi state election commission is examining the issue and has written to the authorities concerned to consider amending the rules for allotment of common symbols to registered but unrecognised political party.

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Senior advocate Shanti Bhushan and advocate Prashant Bhushan, who appeared for Swaraj India, submitted before the larger bench that they had urged the Delhi poll panel and the single judge that a common symbol be allotted to registered unrecognised parties so that a level playing field is created in the elections. The counsel argued that the Election Commission of India has created a level playing field by allowing common symbols to be granted to registered unrecognised parties in case of Assembly and Parliamentary elections.

The single judge on March 29 had rejected the party’s plea for common symbol asking it to first “make a place for itself under the Sun” and “prove its mettle”. The single judge’s verdict had come on the party’s plea challenging the Delhi poll panel’s decision not to allot a common symbol to it to contest the MCD polls. Swaraj India had sought quashing of the panel’s March 14, 2017 notification and an April 2016 order which had said that the nominees of such parties would be treated as independent candidates for allotment of symbols.

Swaraj India was floated in October last year by Yadav and advocate Prashant Bhushan, who were expelled from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after they questioned Arvind Kejriwal’s leadership.

(With inputs from agencies)

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