Delhi MCD Election 2017: No common symbol for Yogendra Yadav's Swaraj India
The Delhi high court on Monday dismissed Swaraj India's plea seeking common symbol for the upcoming Municipal corporation of Delhi polls. The division bench of the high court in its interim order said that there was little time to assign a common symbol for Swaraj India member Yogendra Yadav's party. An appeal on the plea had come before a division bench after a single judge bench had also dismissed the party's plea.
A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar said that due to the paucity of time an interim order was passed but the matter would require further consideration. Senior advocates Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, who appeared for Swaraj India, submitted before the 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.
Delhi poll panel's counsel Sumeet Pushkarna had opposed their appeal on the grounds that 42 more requests have been made by similarly placed parties. The court was also informed that each candidate's photo was going to be displayed on the machine for benefit of voters and unrecognised parties.
Swaraj India was floated in October 2016 by Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were expelled from Aam Aadmi Party for rebelling against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Swaraj India had sought quashing of Delhi poll panel's March 14, 2017, notification and an April 2016 order which had said that the nominees of unrecognised parties would be treated as independent candidates for allotment of symbols.