‘An electoral symbol is not an asset’; The Delhi High Court turned a deaf ear to the Samata Party’s plea

New Delhi : ‘If the election efficiency is poor, the social gathering involved might lose its proper to the election symbol. “Political events ought to not suppose that the election symbol is their particular property,” noticed the Delhi High Court whereas dismissing the Samata Party’s petition claiming the ‘Daghadhgati Mashal’ election symbol given to Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray’s social gathering.

The Election Symbols (Reservation and Distribution) Order, 1968 states that a political social gathering can lose its proper to use an election symbol due to disappointing efficiency. Even if the election symbol ‘Daghadhgati Mashal’ was awarded to Samata Party; But after the cancellation of recognition of this social gathering in 2004, it has turn into a free symbol, and the Election Commission has the proper to restore it to one other social gathering. Election Commission of India on 10 October ordered Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray to award ‘Daghadhgati Mashal’ as an election symbol; Also, the bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramaniam Prasad of the Delhi High Court clarified that there was no mistake in the order given by the single member bench of the Delhi High Court on October 19.

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The Samata Party had claimed that its social gathering had contested the election on the election symbol ‘Dhagdhagati Mashal’. It was argued on behalf of the petitioner that this election symbol is a reserved symbol and it can’t be given to the Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray social gathering until a notification is issued that it has been launched from reservation. Samata Party was fashioned in 1994 by George Fernandes and Nitish Kumar as a wing of Janata Dal and the election symbol ‘Daghadhgati Mashal’ was awarded by the Election Commission. The Samata Party claimed in the courtroom that awarding the social gathering symbol to one other social gathering can be the largest prejudice when the Samata Party is trying to revive itself and contest the upcoming elections. A one-member bench of the Delhi High Court dismissed its petition in the first listening to with out issuing any discover to the Election Commission, Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, the petition filed by Samata Party mentioned.

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