Delhi High Court Grants Last Chance for Response on PIL Against Use of ‘INDIA’ Acronym by Opposition

With the general elections scheduled to commence on April 19, the court's decision on the PIL could have significant implications for the political landscape

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The Delhi High Court has issued a final opportunity for both the Centre and opposition parties to submit their responses regarding a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking to prohibit the use of the acronym INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) by opposition political alliances.

Despite the petitioner’s plea to expedite the hearing due to the upcoming general elections, the High Court declined to advance the proceedings. The bench, comprising Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora, indicated that it aims to hear and dispose of the matter on April 10.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has also responded to the court, asserting its inability to regulate political alliances. According to the ECI, its jurisdiction is limited to supervising and controlling elections as mandated by the Constitution and relevant laws. While the ECI can regulate election-related matters, it clarified that political alliances fall outside its purview.

In its reply, the ECI highlighted its authority to register political parties under Section 29A of the Representation of People Act, 1951. However, it underscored that political alliances are not recognized as regulated entities under existing electoral laws or the Constitution.

With the general elections scheduled to commence on April 19, the court’s decision on the PIL could have significant implications for the political landscape. As the legal battle unfolds, the debate over the use of acronyms and political alliances continues to stir discussions across the country.

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