A Division Bench of the A. P. High Court comprising Justice B. Prakash Rao and Justice Bhavani Prasad on Thursday directed the Election Commission to file counter affidavit to the contentions raised by the Praja Rajyam Party in a writ petition seeking allotment of a common symbol to it in the ensuing general elections.
The Bench was dealing with the writ petition filed by Allu Aravind, general secretary, on behalf of Praja Rajyam Party.
Assailing the orders of the Election Commission rejecting its request for a common symbol, the petitioner specifically challenged the Constitutional validity of the symbols order which provides for allotment of a symbol to a registered party only after it contests one general election and gets minimum prescribed percentage of votes.
The petitioner found fault with the attitude of Election Commission saying that it was trying to restrict the entry of new political parties which is contrary to fundamental rights.
The Praja Rajyam sought a direction for keeping aside the symbol of rail engine for exclusive use of the candidates to be put up by the Praja Rajyam Party.
The case has been posted for March 16 for further hearing.