SC`s notice to EC on MNS plea for "exclusive symbol"
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Last Updated: Friday, September 11, 2009, 20:50
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Election Commission on Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's petition seeking an exclusive election symbol for the party to fight coming assembly election in the state.

A bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and P Sathasivam, while issuing notice to EC, posted the matter for further hearing to September 14 as the nomination process for the election starts on September 18.

"You can tell your candidates to choose a particular symbol in their respective constituencies," the bench remarked while intially expressing reluctance to issue a notice on the matter.

However, senior counsel K K Venugopal, appearing for MNS, argued the party was entitled to an exclusive symbol from among the list of free symbols as it was contesting 228 assembly seats. He pleaded that if the exclusive symbol was not alloted, it would confuse the voters most of whom are illiterate.

He said the party was not seeking any recognised symbol but only an exclusive symbol.

The senior counsel recalled that during the recent general elections unrecognized political parties like Prajya Rajyam and MDMDK were directed to be given exclusive symbols.

Under EC's rule, only recognized political parties are entitled to recognised symbols whereas the others have to accept symbols alloted by the Commission at the constituency symbols.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 11, 2009, 20:50

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