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EC completes hearing in BSP symbol case

J. Balaji


The complaint against the U.P. government is that it has erected statues resembling the BSP's election symbol

Full Commission to decide issue and forward it to the Supreme Court


NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Friday concluded its hearing in the case referred to it by the Supreme Court for taking a decision within three months on the issue of maintainability raised by the Mayawati government, relating to pleas seeking freezing of the Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) election symbol “elephant.”

The complaint against the BSP-led U.P. government was that the elephant statues put up in parks and other public places, resembling the party's election symbol, would deny a level playing field to other parties during polls and adversely affect the interests of the non-BSP contestants.

Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi and Election Commissioners V.S. Sampath and H.S. Brahma, who heard the arguments of counsel for BSP and the complainants, asked them to give a written submission if they wanted to raise other points.

“After getting them, the full Commission will again sit and decide the issue which will later be forwarded to the Supreme Court. The three-month deadline issued by the Supreme Court ends on October 8,” the sources said.

A Supreme Court Bench comprising Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia and Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar, said, while referring the matter to the EC on July 9, “We make it clear that the Election Commission will take its decision on the preliminary point of maintainability of complaints.”

“Not a replica”

The U.P. government maintains that the statues installed in public places were not a replica of the election symbol. The symbol shows an elephant with its trunk lowered while the statues have the trunk raised in a welcome posture.

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