Delhi

Petition seeks review of parties having names with religious connotations

Such a step would help ensure free and fair polls: petitioner

A petition filed in the Delhi High Court has sought directions to the Election Commission (EC) 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.

BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, in his petition filed in public interest, has said that 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 (RPA) of 1951.

“Review the political parties, registered with religious, caste, ethnic or linguistic connotations and ensure that they are not using a flag similar to the national flag and de-register them if they fail to change it within three months,” the petition said.

Mr. Upadhyay has claimed that such a step would help to ensure free and fair elections.

‘Against the spirit’

In his petition, he has referred to political parties such as Hindu Sena, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and Indian Union Muslim League as examples of names with religious connotations and said this was “against the spirit” of the RPA and the model code of conduct.

“In addition, there are many political parties, including the Indian National Congress, which use a flag similar to the national flag, which is also against the spirit of the RPA,” the plea has said.

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