Congress Opposes Plea Challenging 'INDIA' Acronym Use in High Court

Congress opposes plea in Delhi HC challenging use of "INDIA" acronym for opposition alliance. Allegations termed frivolous; petitioner's VHP ties questioned.

The Congress party has vehemently opposed a plea filed before the Delhi High Court challenging the use of the acronym "INDIA" for the alliance of opposition political parties. The acronym, which stands for Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance, has become a bone of contention, with the Congress labeling the petition as "frivolous" and "politically motivated."

In its affidavit submitted to the court, the Congress party has dismissed the allegations made in the plea as baseless, asserting that the petition is merely a guise for pursuing political agendas under the guise of a public interest litigation. The affidavit highlights the absence of concrete evidence or examples to support the petitioner's claims against the Congress and other respondent political parties.

"The absence of any examples or cases that substantiate the frivolous allegations levelled by the Petitioner against the Answering Respondent or its alliance Respondents," the affidavit states.

The petition, filed by one Girish Bharadwaj, seeks a directive to various respondent political parties, including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, DMK, and AAP, among others, to refrain from using the acronym "INDIA." Additionally, it urges the court to instruct the Centre and the Election Commission to take necessary action against these parties.

However, the Congress has alleged that Bharadwaj deliberately concealed crucial information, specifically his close association with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu nationalist organization. This omission raises concerns about the petitioner's intentions and biases, according to the Congress party.

The matter is scheduled for hearing on Wednesday, where the Delhi High Court will deliberate on the arguments presented by both parties. The outcome of this case could have significant implications for the political landscape, particularly regarding the use of acronyms and symbols by political entities.