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Delhi HC issues notice in plea seeking de-registration of Andhra Pradesh CM Jaganmohan Reddy's YSR Congress Party

It is the petitioner's grievance that in spite of the Election Commission barring Andhra Pradesh's ruling party from adopting “YSR Congress Party” as its party name, the same is being done illegally and unlawfully.

Aditi Singh

The Delhi High Court has issued notice in a petition seeking a direction to the Election Commission to de-register Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy's Yuvajana Sramika Rythu (YSR) Congress Party.

The Single Judge Bench of Justice Jayant Nath sought responses from the Election Commission as well as YSR Congress Party in the petition moved by Anna YSR Congress Party.

It is the petitioner's grievance that in spite of the Election Commission barring Andhra Pradesh's ruling party from adopting “YSR Congress Party” as its party name, the same is being done illegally and unlawfully in the party's letterheads, campaign material, and other collaterals of party administration.

The petitioner has asserted that YSR Congress is an integral part of its “Anna YSR Congress Party”, and that the party in power has been misappropriating the name before the world at large.

Arguing that the YSR Congress is guilty of clear, wilful, pre-mediated, deliberate and conscious disobedience to adhere to lawful directions and instructions of the Election Commission, the petitioner has claimed that the YSR Congress should be de-recognized as political party under Para 16A of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968.

The petition was filed through Advocate Vipin Nair. The petitioner was represented by Senior Advocate Meenakshi Arora.

Election Commission was represented by Advocate Sidhant Kumar.

YSR Congress was represented by Senior Advocate Rajiv Nayar and Advocate Mohd Naaki.

The matter will be heard next on September 3.

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