Forming the party was the easy part for Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi. Getting a common symbol for his Praja Rajyam Party in (PRP) the various constituencies of Andhra Pradesh is proving to be quite a headache for the matinee idol.
After the PRP’s plea for a common symbol was turned down by the Election Commission on the ground that the party has not contested a single election yet, the party moved the Andhra Pradesh High Court and the Supreme Court. But it withdrew the petitions before the cases came up for a hearing.
Now, Chiranjeevi is back to the drawing board. The party could either go back to the poll panel seeking a temporary common symbol or adopt a symbol allotted to a smaller party outside Andhra.
Party sources said that at least half a dozen parties, including Janata Party, NCP and the Sikkim Democratic Front have offered to lend their symbol to the PRP.
“Without a common symbol, the party is at a great disadvantage. It becomes difficult for the voters to know who is a PRP candidate without a common recognizable image,” said senior PRP leader.
Chiranjeevi has admitted that the issue is bothering the party. He told mediapersons at Bantumilli that they are making last ditch efforts to secure a common symbol for all candidates. “Legal experts are hopeful of getting a temporary common poll symbol for us. If that doesn’t materialize, we will move the Supreme Court again,” he explained.