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PIL challenges registration of name AAP by EC

A PIL filed in the Bombay High Court has challenged the Election Commission’s decision to register Aam Aadmi Party, contending that the name is misleading and ‘unconstitutional’.

The petition, filed by advocate Chittranjan Kumar, may come up for hearing in the next two weeks. It states that Kejriwal registered his party with Election Commission on 3 December, 2012, according to provisions of Representation of People’s Act.

But its name is misleading because the term ‘Aam Aadmi’ (common man) is associated with, and used by all political parties, it says. The Election Commission, in February 2013, rejected his objection, the PIL says. Is the existence of any political party possible without the support of ‘Aam Aadmi’, it asks, adding that Congress used the term at the time of 2004 and 2009 elections.

Cong man likens AAP govt in Delhi to RJD rule in Bihar

New Delhi: Reflecting the unease in party over praise of Aam Aadmi Party by its leaders, a Congress leader on Friday likened it to early days of Lalu Prasad’s rule in Bihar in the nineties while another slammed Jairam Ramesh for praising Arvind Kejriwal’s party. ‘AAP govt reminds me of the early days of Lalu Raj. Oath at JP’s Statue, call to fight corruption, Janta Darbar, hair cut& bath to poor children etc.,’ Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed tweeted. The term ‘Lalu Raj’ has more than often been used by parties opposed to the RJD as well as analysts to describe lack of development initiatives, lawlessness and lack of governance in Bihar during those days.
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