The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay its order directing grant of rail engine symbol to Praja Rajyam Party formed by Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi in Andhra Pradesh.
A bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and P Sathasivam, however, clarified that its March 27 order directing EC to grant the symbol to Praja Rajyam was valid only for the purpose of the present election and the party “shall not have any preferential right” over the symbol thereafter.
Rashtriya Krantikari Samajwadi Party (RKSP), which claims to be a national party, had filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Election’s Commission’s decision to allot the rail engine symbol to Praja Rajayam Party.
“You are not a recognized political party. So, you do not have any right over the symbol,” the bench said while declining to enter RKSP’s plea to stay the order granting the symbol to Praja Rajyam.
In its petition, RKSP has claimed that it was an unrecognized national party with influence in states like UP, Delhi, Jharkhand, J&K, Tamil Nadu, Maharshtra, Karnataka besides Andhra Pradesh and most of its candidates had fought the earlier elections on rail engine symbol.
The party claimed since its candidates were already using the symbol, the same cannot be alloted to Praja Rajyam.
RKSP says it intends to contest 210 seats in Andhra Pradesh.