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Pawar happy over EC decision, plans rallies

By Mahesh Vijapurkar

MUMBAI, MARCH 8. Expressing happiness over the Election Commission's decision to recognise his party as the real Nationalist Congress Party and to allot the "clock" symbol to his faction, the party president, Sharad Pawar, announced a series of rallies in six major cities in Maharashtra.

Sources said the meetings were likely to be jointly addressed by Mr. Pawar and his pre-poll ally, the Congress. He had led a revolt in 1999 against the foreign origin of the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi.

Since the P.A. Sangma faction had sought that the symbol be frozen, the NCP was worried.

"If the symbol had gone to the rival faction," the party would have had to popularise a new one at great expense and time.

In 1999, when the NCP had to switch from the "charkha" to the "clock", the symbol did not register in the minds of the voters. That was why the party did "not fare as well as it should have," was the claim at that time.

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