BJD’s Conch Symbol In Odisha Govt Advertisements: High Court Refuses To Intervene At This Stage

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court reportedly declined to intervene at this stage in a plea accusing ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of using party symbol ‘conch’ in government advertisements. The HC cited the ground that the Election Commission of India (ECI) is hearing the matter after admitting the plea.

The High Court made this observation while hearing a petition filed by BJP leader Jatin Mohanty. The Court also observed that the case can be taken up for hearing if the ECI’s decision on the issue is not satisfactory for the petitioner.

The HC observed that as the ECI has started hearing the case and the government and the BJD have received notices, it would not intervene in the issue for the time being.

Odisha BJP general secretary Jatin Mohanty had earlier drawn the attention of the ECI towards the use of conch symbol. He had claimed that such advertisements with the symbol of the ruling party violate the guidelines laid down by the ECI.

Claiming that the ECI did not take any steps in the matter for two months, he moved the Supreme Court. However, the apex court quashed the case at the admission stage, observing that the matter falls under a different jurisdiction and the petitioner may approach the proper forum.

Later, the BJP leader moved the Delhi High Court which also cited the jurisdiction issue and advised the appellant to approach the Orissa High Court. Thereafter, the BJP leader moved the Orissa High Court.

Meanwhile, the ECI has issued a notice to the state government and the BJD on the matter, seeking replies from them.


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