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Would Sunny Deol, Mp Have to Change His Original Name? No Person Can Have Two Official Names at Same Time 

The newly elected Lok Sabha MP from Gurdaspur Parliamentary Constituency (PC) in Punjab took oath as member of the Lower House of Parliament  in the name of Sunny Deol and also signed with this name on the Roll of Members of the House.

Pertinent that the Election Commission of India (ECI) vide a statutory notification issued under section 73 of Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 on May 25, 2019 also notified the name of newly elected MP  from Gurdaspur seat as Sunny Deol.  It must be recalled that Sunny however filed his election nomination papers including the mandatory affidavit as  in the name of Ajay Singh Dharmendra Deol as a BJP candidate. He  even quoted therein this very name as being mentioned on his Permanent Account Number (PAN) as well as in the Electoral Rolls of 165-Andheri (West) Assembly Constituency in Maharashtra from  where he asserted him as a registered Elector. Further he even signed on the nomination form and affidavit  with name of Ajay Singh Deol. However, before the Returning Officer (R.O.) of Gurdaspur PC could notify the name of Final Contesting candidates, Deol and his nominating party i.e. BJP requested the R.O. to change his name from Ajay Singh Dharmendra Deol as entered in his nomination form  to  Sunny Deol i.e. his Bollywood name, with which he is popularly known amongst the people including the Electorate, on the EVMs and Ballot Papers.  In exercise of powers conferred under Proviso to Rule 8(2) of Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, the concerned R.O. can allow such a change in certain circumstances on the request of contesting candidate and his nominating party. Now the moot but significant legal point is that if such name change as ordered by R.O. as mentioned hereinabove  is  of permanent or else just for the sake for being displayed on EVMs and Ballot Papers on Voting Day so that the Voters  of such constituency can easily recognize name of such candidate while voting. If such name change is permanent since in this case the Gurdaspur MP has been declared elected in the name of Sunny Deol and further he also took oath and signed as a Lok Sabha member with this name, then he need to change his name from Ajay Singh Dharmendra Deol to Sunny Deol on all his officlal documents be it PAN , Electoral Rolls etc, Passport, Aadhar Card, Driving Linense etc.  Any person, more importantly, if he is an elected MP i.e. lawmaker, can’t have two official names at the same time.

It remains to be seen if the Salary and other Allowances as admissible to him as Lok Sabha MP would be credited to his bank account opened in the name of Sunny Deol unless he changes his earlier name Ajay Singh Dharmendra Deol  under which name is mentioned on all his official documents particularly the income tax related PAN card and Aadhar Card. Giving instance of one similar instance. As far as case of newly elected BJP Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Ravi Kishan, the famous actor of Bhojpuri cinema is concerned, it must be understood that in his nomination form and affidavit he mentioned his full name viz. Ravindra Shyamnarayan Shukla alias Ravi Kishan, hence not only his name as newly elected MP from Gorakhpur got notified by ECI in this name only but  he also took oath and signed in this name on the Roll of Members in Lok Sabha.  Had Sunny  also mentioned his full name  in his nomination form and affidavit as Ajay Singh Dharmendra Deol alias Sunny Deol, then there would not have been any need to change his original name.

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