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EC may freeze Samajwadi Party symbol

  • In 2011, two factions of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal had staked claim to the party symbol “chair.” However, the Commission instead approved two new symbols and party names for the rival groups.
  • The EC was faced with a similar situation in February 2004 — about three months ahead of the general elections — when a faction led by P.A. Sangma, the then general secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party, and the other headed by party president Sharad Pawar staked claim to the party symbol “clock.”
  • In its March 2004 order, the Commission observed that in the Sadiq Ali case, the Supreme Court had upheld the principle of deciding disputes relating to splits in political parties on the basis of relative strength of the splinter groups in the organisational and legislature wings of the party.