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HC rejects Swaraj India’s symbol pleaSwaraj India leaders Yogendra Yadav (L) and Prashant Bhushan (R) during a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

HC rejects Swaraj India’s symbol plea

30 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

NEW DELHI:The Delhi High Court today rejected the plea of Swaraj India, a new political party floated by Yogendra Yadav and advocate Prashant Bhushan following their expulsion from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), for allotment of a common symbol for fighting the April 23 elections to the Delhi Municipal Corporations.

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Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, March 29

The Delhi High Court today rejected the plea of Swaraj India, a new political party floated by Yogendra Yadav and advocate Prashant Bhushan following their expulsion from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), for allotment of a common symbol for fighting the April 23 elections to the Delhi Municipal Corporations.

Justice Hima Kohli said the party was too late in seeking a common symbol. The HC accepted the state Election Commission’s contention that “it is very late in the day for this court to interfere in the process, which is no longer imminent, but well under way.”

The court also rejected the new party’s argument that the absence of a common symbol would adversely affect its prospects in the civic elections. It pointed out that the EC had decided to have the photographs of the contesting candidates on the electronic voting machines.

“This shall be of great assistance to voters who can easily identify the candidate in whose favour they propose to cast the vote. Thus, the petitioner cannot claim that it is being put to a disadvantage,”  said Justice Hima Kohli.’

The party had approached the HC challenging the EC orders refusing its plea for a common symbol.

It’s AAP’s conspiracy, says Yogendra Yadav

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 29

The Swaraj India has accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government of “deliberately” sitting over a proposal of the State Election Commission (SEC) for two years now in connection with allowing “common symbol” to new registered but unrecognised political parties to contest municipal elections.

The move, according to leaders of the newly registered political party Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, is to “keep away” new parties, like Swaraj India, from the political race “denying” them a fair chance in the MCD elections.

The matter was taken by former State Election Commissioner Rakesh Mehta, who had written the Delhi government in 2015 marking it as a “priority” to do the requisite amendments in the Delhi Municipal Corporation Rules, 2012, in view of few observations of the Supreme Court in some cases, thereby enabling unrecognised political parties to apply for a common symbol to contest elections.

Interestingly, the AAP is understood to be one of the first beneficiaries of the EC’s order 2013 with a condition of contesting, at least, on 10 per cent seats during the Delhi Assembly elections.

In a letter to the Principal Secretary of Delhi Urban Development Department, dated March 5, 2015, Mehta had noted the SEC is constrained to assign symbols only to recognised national and state political parties.

However, with some local parties approaching the SEC for allotment of common symbol at a time when Delhi rules had no provision for the same, the Commission asked the Delhi government to change the rules on priority to facilitate common symbol for registered political parties.

“The Commission has decided to recognise ‘Delhi Local Political Parties’ for purpose of registering them as such, subject to fulfilment of certain conditions.... Such provisions exist in some other states but were not available in Delhi,” wrote the then State Election Commissioner.

“It is requested that the mater may kindly be looked into and fresh notification of complete rules (after amalgamation of amendments proposed) as “Delhi Municipal Corporation (Election of Councillors Rules, 2015, may be approved and would be gazetted after approval of the Lt Governor,” Mehta added.

Addressing mediapersons here, Yadav lashed out at the AAP and said, “The Delhi government unduly blocked for two years the SEC’s request marked as priority to amend rules of common election symbols to new parties just to ensure defeat of the Swaraj India.”

Why different house tax rules for people: AAP

30 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

NEW DELHI:Cornered by the Opposition parties on the issue of abolition of residential house tax, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is aggressively defending its stand on the issue and in the latest it reminded the BJP-ruled Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs) of a similar waiver in residential house tax to Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel granted by its north civic body in August last year.

Cong releases roadmap to improve health, education

Cong releases roadmap to improve health, education

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Recover Rs 97 cr from AAP for ads, LG tells Chief Secy

30 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

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Gurdwara Directorate, Badals are hand in glove: SAD (Delhi)

30 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

NEW DELHI:Repeat postponements of the DSGMC's executive formation are another compelling evidence of possible collusion of state authorities with the Badal lobby, Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) secretary general Harvinder Singh Sarna said today.

DCW gets two men arrested for eve teasing

30 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

NEW DELHI:Two men have been arrested for allegedly stalking and eve teasing a 14-year-old girl who had approached the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) for help.

Yogi Adityanath to campaign for BJP in MCD elections

29 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

NEW DELHI:First time in the history of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi election, union ministers and chief ministers of the BJP-ruled states, including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, have been listed star campaigners of the BJP for the polls scheduled to be held on April 23, sources in the party said.

Kejriwal to address rally in Burari on March 31

29 Mar 2017 | 1:45 PM

NEW DELHI:Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will join his colleagues in his party’s campaign for the next month’s municipal corporation elections at a rally on March 31 in Burari where senior party leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, will also share the dais with him to pitch for the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) win.

56 filed nomination papers on second day

29 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

NEW DELHI:From the AAP around 20 candidates filed their nominations on day two when as confirmed by an official of the State Election Commission a total of 56 nominations were received.

BJP councillor joins Cong

BJP councillor joins Cong

29 Mar 2017 | 12:54 AM

NEW DELHI: BJP sitting councillor from Ward No. 91-S, Govindpuri, Chander Prakash today joined the Congress party in the presence of former MP Ramesh Kumar and former Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Subhash Chopra, who is also a former MLA from the Kalkaji Assembly constituency where Govindpuri falls.

AAP backs anti-national forces, says Vijender Gupta

29 Mar 2017 | 12:54 AM

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi for inviting noted historian Prof. AG Noorani for a lecture on Shaheedi Diwas oragnised at the Legislative Assembly premises.

New admission policy: JNU students protest at UGC office

New admission policy: JNU students protest at UGC office

29 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

NEW DELHI:Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) today staged a demonstration outside the University Grants Commission (UGC) office here opposing the massive seat cut in MPhil and PhD courses following amendments in the varsity’s admission policy and demanded a rollback of the decision.

DSGMC to elect executive members today

29 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

NEW DELHI:Putting Manjit Singh GK’s face on front, the Shiromani Akali Dal president, Sukhbir Singh Badal, have called all the elected candidates of the Gurdwara committee at his residence to choose the name of executive board members to be voted tomorrow in general house meeting that was to be presided over by the director of the Delhi Gurdwara Elections (DGE), Shurbir Singh, sources in the committee said.

Ambedkar Nagar Gurdwara looted

29 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

NEW DELHI:Some unidentified thieves broke into a Gurdwara in Ambedkar Nagar, southeast Delhi, and decamped with cash and some jewellery donated by the devotees to the Gurdwara last night, said a police official today.

Rs 4.23 cr in old notes seized

29 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police today recovered around Rs 4.23 crore old currency notes from the office of a businessman, who was allegedly involved in illegal currency exchange.

DMRC asked to improve cleanliness near stations

29 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

NEW DELHI:After reviewing various aspects of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) functioning with its MD Mangu Singh, Secretary of Urban Development Ministry Rajiv Gauba asked the DMRC to focus on improving cleanliness in the surroundings of metro stations and evolve an institutional mechanism for regular engagement with the large and growing number of Metro users.

Supply hit hard, meat prices likely to soar after Navratra

29 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

NEW DELHI:Supply of meat has been hit hard in Delhi due to the crackdown on illegal abattoirs and the meat sellers' strike in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh but the real impact will be felt only after the nine-day-long Navratras.

DCW's intervention helps women to get her documents back

28 Mar 2017 | 1:37 AM

NEW DELHI:The Delhi Commission for Women's (DCW's) intervention has helped a cancer patient to get her medical and educational documents, which were "forcefully taken" by her husband who has deserted her since a year.

DMRC solar power project makes way to UN convention

28 Mar 2017 | 1:37 AM

NEW DELHI:The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC’s) initiative to install rooftop solar power plants at its premises has become the first ever Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project to be registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for any Metro or railway system in the world.

DJB takes up new project to clean drains

28 Mar 2017 | 1:37 AM

NEW DELHI:The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has initiated one of the most ambitious projects proposing a paradigm shift in approach by using sustainable bio-remediation technologies to clean drains and water bodies.

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