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Praja Rajam Party gets Rail Engine as its party symbol

April 13, 2009

As Andhra Pradesh goes to the first phase of the polls on April 16, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to modify its order directing the Election Commission to allot 'rail engine' symbol to Praja Rajyam Party. A bench of Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam disposed of an application filed by Rashtriya Krantikari Samajawadi Party that questioned the allotment of free symbol 'rail engine' to Praja Rajyam Party by the Court on March 27.

The counsel appearing for the Rashtriya Krantikari Samajawadi Party said that it was a registered national level political party and it was deprived of 'rail engine' symbol in Andhra Pradesh.

The Chief Justice of India said that it had already been made clear that no special privilege would be shown to Praja Rajyam at the time of regular allotment of reserved symbol and it was purely a temporary arrangement. After this clarification, the Bench disposed of the application without modifying its earlier order.

Back in January this year, PRP said it will seek court intervention over common symbol. In February 09, the Andhra Pradesh High Court directed the Election Commission to reconsider the common party symbol case. PRP on its part has gathered its supporters across the state and staged rallies demanding common party symbol in elections. Later in March 09, the Election Commission rejected common symbol plea leading the way for the party to seek the opinion of the Supreme court on the topic. The party withdrew its petition from the High court so as to make its way and allow its candidates to stand in the elections. By the end of the month, the Election Commission issue orders for a common party symbol and PRP was awarded the Rail Engine as the party symbol for the elections.



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