New Delhi : In the year 2013 Election commission of India amended the 'Reservation of Symbols Order, 1968' post ruling of the supreme court in favor of registered parties contesting elections for the first time. Apex court accepted the contention that the parties contesting elections for the first time must be allotted a common symbol. Aam Aadmi party was the first to avail the advantage of this progressive ruling and was subsequently allotted a common symbol for 2013 assembly elections in Delhi. After the amendments were notified most of the states aligned with the decision, but on the other hand when the State election commission of Delhi proposed to the Delhi government for including similar changes, the Aam Aadmi Party government just sat on the proposal for 2 years. In March 2015, then state election commissioner Mr. Rakesh Mehta wrote a letter to the Govt. of NCT seeking such amendments which are in line with the guidelines of election commission of India, but the Delhi govt. has maliciously blocked the proposal.
Delhi Govt. didn't move the amendments proposed by the State election commission consequentially the State election commission denied Swaraj India's request to have a common symbol. Delhi High Court today dismissed Swaraj India's plea. The party has said that it will appeal against this order and will continue to campaign with vigor and energy in the upcoming MCD elections.
National President of Swaraj India, Yogendra Yadav said, "The day when we began our MCD campaign, we knew that we don't have the required Financial back-up, resources, neither do we have a Government backing us. Today we know that we don't have a symbol either. Doesn't matter. We will contest elections with the relentless efforts of our volunteers and hopes for a better Delhi. We are getting ample and quintessential support from the citizens of Delhi. We are confident that our vision and promise of #SaafDilSaafDilli will be delivered with humility and honesty.
Addressing the Press conference, the national president of Swaraj Abhiyan and renowned lawyer/activist Prashant Bhushan said, "Even after malicious attempts of the Delhi government, the State Election Commission had all the powers to set a progressive example, but it disappointed as well. We will continue our campaign with the same zeal and will appeal against the Hon'ble High Court's order."
Swaraj India's Chief Spokesperson Anupam said, "The Aam Aadmi Party Govt. sat on the proposal of the State Election Commission to amend the rules barring unrecognised party to have common symbol only in anticipation to harm Swaraj India. Ironically, the first beneficiary of this order was the same Aam Aadmi Party, which today is trying to impede the legitimate process. It is shameful that the party which was provided with a common symbol in its very first election is today taking a diametrically opposite and undemocratic position. But we will not panic by such disgraceful and dirty gimmicks! This us not just a one day battle but a long struggle for new politics. And eventually we will win! We will appeal against this order of the Hon'ble High Court tomorrow."
Aam Aadmi Party deliberately hindered Swaraj India's political endeavors. Unconfident Parties instead of contesting election in its true spirit, take pleasure in playing shabby tricks. The Aam Aadmi Party today stands exposed before the people of Delhi and the citizens are all prepared to show them the high road in these elections.