Supreme Court of India on 18 April 2012 upheld Election commission’s poll symbol rules, which entitled a political party the status of state party and common symbol for its candidates only if it secures not less than 6 percent of the total votes polled in a state and returns at least two members to the assembly.
The court dismissed the petitions, which challenged the poll
symbols order as discriminatory. The petitions had challenged the
constitutional validity of Clause 6 B of Election Symbols (Reservation
and Allotment) Order on the basis that although smaller political
parties secured less than 6 percent votes, they were able to get two
candidates elected to assembly.
Election commission of India amended the Election Symbols Order, 1968
in December 2000(inserting clause 6 B) to set the benchmarks for a
political party to get Election Commission’s recognition as political
(Note: JUNIOR ASSISTANTS IN A.P. BOARD OF INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION
SUBORDINATES SERVICE EXAM 08-07-2012 G.S. QUESTION)