Before the political parties can begin their fight to gather maximum votes during the next months Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections,the humble bicycle has already set of a tussle of sorts.
The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party and the Samajwadi Party both want to ride the MCD polls on the bicycle the election symbol for the parties in their states.
The State Election Commission (SEC) now plans to hold a draw of lots to decide which party gets the symbol. The same problem had come to light during the 2008 Assembly elections as well.
Since both Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party and Samajwadi Party have the cycle as symbol in their respective states,they had requested that the same symbol be allotted to them for the MCD polls also. To avoid such clashes in future,we have decided that the returning officers of each zone will refer such cases to us on the last day of filing nominations. The SEC will hold a draw of lots to decide which party gets the symbol, said Rakesh Mehta,State Election Commissioner.
After its win in UP,SP has decided to contest all 272 wards this civic poll.
The party that loses bicycle in the draw of lots will get to choose from the long list of free symbols available and provided by the Election Commission of India.
That particular symbol will be frozen for the other party and will not be made available to other independent candidates, said Mehta.
The Rashtriya Lok Dal has already asked for hand pump as its symbol,and parties have also opted for symbols like bow and arrow,coconut,etc.
The process of allotting a symbol will start from March 26,and a final decision will be taken before withdrawal of nominations on March 31, said Mehta.
There are 87 free symbols for independent candidates to choose from. Candidates of the six national parties Congress,BJP,BSP,NCP,CPI and CPI (M) will retain their symbols. But the Election Commission does not recognise any regional parties for Delhi.
The free symbols include cauliflower,almirah,air-conditioner,bat,carpet,ladies purse,dish antenna,carrot,nail-cutter,walking stick,etc.