In its order issued on April 13, the Commission said while parties have to submit their annual audit reports each year by October 31, Lalu Prasad‘s Rashtriya Janata Dal has not submitted its records for the year 2014-15.
The last date for submitting the report was October 31, 2015.
“Now… the Election Commission hereby gives you a notice to show cause as to why action should not be taken against your party under Para 16A of the Election Symbol (Reservation and Allotment) order 1968 for failure to follow the lawful directions and instructions of the Commission,” the order read.
Para 16 A empowers the poll panel “to suspend or withdraw recognition of a recognised political party for its failure to observe Model Code of Conduct or follow the lawful directions and instructions of the Commission.”
The EC told RJD that its…