Telangana HC Dismisses KA Paul’s Common Symbol Plea

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Telangana High Court Dismisses KA Paul’s Plea for Common Party Symbol

Hyderabad, India – In a significant ruling, the Telangana High Court has dismissed a writ petition filed by the Praja Shanthi Party, led by Dr. KA Paul, seeking directions to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to allot a common symbol for their party. The court observed that the party’s failure to produce annual accounts, financial statements, and election expenses was a valid reason for the ECI’s rejection of their request.

Background

The Praja Shanthi Party, a registered political party since 2019, had applied for a common symbol of either a “helicopter” or a “ring” for the upcoming elections. However, the ECI rejected their application on the grounds that the party had not submitted the required financial documents.

Court’s Reasoning

The two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice NV Shravan Kumar upheld the ECI’s decision, stating that the petitioner’s case could not be considered due to their non-compliance with the ECI’s guidelines. The court further noted that the ECI’s rejection order was not challenged before the court, and therefore, they could not interfere with the ECI’s decision.

Implications

The court’s decision has significant implications for the Praja Shanthi Party, as it will make it difficult for them to campaign effectively without a common symbol. The party may have to rely on individual candidates using their own symbols, which could confuse voters.

Other Cases

In separate cases, the same bench also addressed writ petitions filed by Feroz Khan, a Congress candidate for the Nampally Constituency, and B Ram Mohan Reddy, president of the Telangana Yuva Shakti Party.

Khan’s petition challenged the ECI’s failure to provide a list of absent, shifted, dead, and duplicate voters. The court, while refusing to accept Khan’s contention that the absence of the list would hamper the confidence quotient of the election process, granted him an opportunity to raise other contentions.

Reddy’s petition sought directions to the ECI for allotting a common symbol for his party. The court issued notices to the ECI and adjourned the matter.

Conclusion

The Telangana High Court’s rulings have highlighted the importance of adhering to the ECI’s guidelines for political parties. The court’s decisions are likely to have a significant impact on the upcoming elections in Telangana.

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