EC declines common symbol for Praja Rajyam

In a setback to Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi ahead of polls,the Election Commission has declined to allot a common symbol to his party.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:March 3, 2009 11:52 am

In a setback to Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi ahead of polls,the Election Commission has declined to allot a common symbol to his party on the ground that only recognised political parties get it.

In an order passed on Monday,the EC pointed out that a common election symbol cannot be granted to his “Praja Rajyam” party merely on the basis of membership,EC sources said.

The Commission said that a party should contest elections and get required number of votes to get recognition and a common symbol.

Chiranjeevi,who floated Praja Rajyam amid much fanfare in August last year,had sought “Rail Engine” as a common symbol for his party.

The Commission said that only recognised political parties are eligible for a permanent election symbol while “registered” parties will have to choose from the ‘free symbols’ available.

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