SC notice to EC on MNS petition for symbol

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Election Commission (EC) asking it to respond to the plea of Raj Thackeray’s
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for allotment of a common symbol – rail engine – to all its candidates in the coming assembly polls.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam issued notice to the commission. It posted the matter for further hearing on September 14 ahead of commencement of process for assembly elections in the state from September 18.

The Election Commission had refused to allot a common symbol to MNS. As per the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order 2005, a permanent symbol is allotted to a recognised party in the state.

MNS had filed the petition on August 29. MNS had garnered impressive percentage of number of votes during last year’s Lok Sabha elections.

Maharashtra, which has a 288-member Assembly, will go to polls on October 13 along with Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh.

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