MCD Elections 2017: Use same picture, wear yellow clothes for uniformity in poll campaign; Swaraj India tells candidates

Surabhi Shaurya
Earlier last week, Swaraj India, a party led by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, approached the Delhi High Court challenging the state election commission's denial to their plea for a common symbol in the upcoming civic polls.

New Delhi: In a bid to ensure uniformity in political campaign for upcoming MCD elections, the Swaraj India led by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan has advised all its candidates to use the same picture in all its poll campaign material including posters, hoardings, placards that they will provide to the election commission to be used in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), claims reports in leading daily Hindustan Times.  Swaraj India was floated by Yadav and Bhushan, who were expelled from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after they questioned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s leadership.The party is contesting upcoming Delhi municipal corporation elections on all 272 seats, which is scheduled for April 23. If reports are to be believed, coloured photograph of candidates will be attached beside EVMs.

Leading daily Hindustan Times quoted Swaraj India’s National Presidium, Anupam as saying, “Besides poll publicity materials, we have asked all the members to show the same picture to the voters during their campaigning in the ward.” Reports of the daily also claim that the party has asked its candidates to wear yellow clothes, as per the party’s theme colour and use the party’s logo in their posters.

“It is a disappointment that party might not get common election symbol but this will not harm our chances as civic body elections are fought on hyper-local issues and if most people know the candidate personally. So, if our candidates are able to use their face and party’s colour as their brand, the denial of symbol will not be a major constraint, “Swaraj India’s spokesperson Ashutosh Mishra told Hindustan Times.

Earlier last week, Swaraj India, a party led by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, approached the Delhi High Court challenging the state election commission’s denial to their plea for a common symbol in the upcoming civic polls.

The petitioner said the poll panel denied the request for a symbol on March 7 despite a provision in the rules to issue a symbol to a registered but unrecognised political party like Swaraj India, which is set to make its electoral debut. Senior advocate Arvind Nigam mentioned the matter before a bench, comprised of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and V.K. Rao for an urgent hearing.

The lawyer argued that under the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) (Amendment) order, the Election Commission of India itself allows newly registered political parties to have a common symbol for all their candidates for contesting their first election.

On March 14, the Delhi state election commission announced April 22 as the date for Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls but shifted it  by a day to April 23 due to board exam. The counting of the votes has also been postponed and now it will be done on April 26.

(With inputs from Agencies)