Chiranjeevi may go to court again for common symbol

March 3rd, 2009 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, March 3 (IANS) Actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi Tuesday said his Praja Rajyam party plans to move the court against the Election Commission’s decision not to allot a common election symbol to it for the Lok Sabha elections.
Chiranjeevi held talks with legal experts Tuesday, a day after the Election Commission rejected for a second time the new party’s plea for a common symbol for the assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

Chiranjeevi told reporters that the party was exploring all legal options. “We might again file an appeal in the high court,” he said.

The outfit also plans to approach a national or state level recognised party for a tie up to use its symbol. “This is only a possibility. We have not reached any conclusion,” said Chiranjeevi.

The Election Commission communicated to the party Monday that it would not be allotted a uniform election symbol as it had not yet contested any election.

The Election Commission had rejected Praja Rajyam’s plea last month. But on an appeal by the party, the Andhra Pradesh high court asked the poll panel to reconsider the matter.

The Election Commission’s move is a major setback to the party floated by the Telugu superstar in August last year. The party might find it difficult to contest in the absence of a common symbol.

Party candidates will have to choose among free symbols reserved for independent candidates and there is also no guarantee that the party would get the same symbol in all the constituencies.

Simultaneous elections to the 294-member assembly and 42 Lok Sabha seats from the state will be held in two phases - April 16 and April 23.

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