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BJP Leader Moves Plea in Supreme Court for Removal of Party Symbols in EVMs

Lawstreet Journal 2 Nov 2020 8:48pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Executive BJP Leader Moves Plea in Supreme Court for Removal of Party Symbols in EVMs

A plea has been filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking directions to declare that the use of party symbols on EVM is illegal, unconstitutional, and violative of the Constitution.

The opposition parties approached the Election Commission alleging display of party name only under the BJP symbol on EVMs during a mock poll in West Bengal’s Barrackpore constituency, but the poll panel said the same insignia has been under use since 2013.

A delegation of Opposition parties comprising senior Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Ahmed Patel and Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi and Derek O'Brien met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora over the issue and demanded that either all such EVMs be removed from the remaining phases of elections or names of other parties be added too. The EVMs display the party symbols, names of the candidates, and their photographs.

“On EVMs, letters ‘BJP’ are visible under the party's symbol. No other party’s name is there. Either remove all machines which mention BJP clearly or all other parties' name should be added in all such machines. Till then the use of these machines has to be totally stopped in the elections,” Singhvi told the reporters after meeting the CEC.

The plea statef that "nearly 43% MPs have criminal cases pending against them", and that "out of 542 winners analyzed after 2014 election, 185 (34%) had declared criminal cases against themselves and out of 543 winners analyzed after 2009 LokSabha election, 162 (30%) had declared criminal cases against themselves".

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