published by, Kavya Mishra
Last Update: July 20, 2023, 00:17 AM IST
A complaint has been filed at the Barakhamba Road police station against 26 political parties, accusing them of improperly using the name ‘India’ for their alliance to exert undue influence in the elections and violating the Symbols Act, police said on Wednesday.
The complaint was lodged by Avneesh Mishra. He said that no case has been registered so far.
The complainant cited news reports that 26 political parties have formed an alliance and have decided to name it ‘INDIA’, which is short for ‘Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance’.
He alleged that it was unfair for these political parties to use the name “INDIA” for “undue influence and persona in elections”.
“Clearly, the above political parties have violated the section. “Those using the name ‘India’ as the name of their political alliance are liable to be punished under Section 3 of the Emblems Act,” the complaint said.
The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act seeks to prevent the improper use of certain emblems and names for professional and commercial purposes.
In his complaint, Mishra requested the police to take necessary action against these parties.
On Tuesday, 26 opposition parties announced the formation of their alliance – the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) – to unite to take on the ruling NDA in the Lok Sabha elections next year.
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI,