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Centre, EC’s reply sought on plea over parties with religious connotation

 

The Delhi High Court today sought a response of the Centre and the Election Commission (EC) on a PIL to review political parties having names with religious connotations or using symbols similar to that of the national flag and to de-register them if they do not change them within three months.

The plea was filed by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. The EC opposed maintainability of the petition, saying the issues raised in it have been taken care of by the poll panel.

The bench listed the matter for hearing on 17th July.

The plea said, use of names with religious connotations or symbols similar to the national flag or emblem might prejudicially affect the poll prospects of a candidate and would amount to a corrupt practice under the Representation of the People Act, 1951.