Orissa HC rejects plea against use of BJD’s party symbol in govt ads

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 19, 2024 IST

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Cuttack, March 19: The Orissa High Court on Monday rejected a petition seeking intervention against use of Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) party symbol conch in government advertisements promoting various state welfare schemes.

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BJP’s state secretary Jatin Mohanty had filed the PIL on January 22. Mohanty had moved the high court after not getting any response from the Election Commission of India (ECI) to a representation filed on November 10, 2023.

The division bench of Chief Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh and Justice MS Raman dismissed the petition after considering its contents and the timing in which it was filed.

Advocate SK Joshi representing the petitioner alleged that the government advertisements were being used for image makeover of BJD for wooing voters.

Advocate General Ashok Kumar Parija on his part stated before the court that on February 28 the ECI had written a letter to the state government about the petitioner’s representation. So in a way, the petition has been rendered infructuous, the advocate general contended.

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