The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Election Commission to allot common symbols to the three political parties — Prajarajyam, Lok Satta and DMDK — for the ensuing general elections.
A Bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam, however, clarified that the directions are only “interim” for the present elections and the parties cannot claim any equity until the dispute was settled.
The apex court also stayed an Andhra Pradesh High Court order directing the EC to allot common symbols to all registered political parties in the state.
While the Prajarajyma is floated by Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi, the Lok Satta has been set up by a former IAS officer Jai Prakash Narayan and the two parties are contesting the elections for all the 42 Lok Sabha and 294 assembly seats from Andhra Pradesh.
The DMDK headed by Tamil actor Vijaykant is contesting all the seats in the state on its own.