After AAP’s success,UP party wants broom symbol for LS polls

Naitik Party had contested 19 seats in 2012 UP Assembly elections with broom as its symbol.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: December 12, 2013 3:51:35 am

An unrecognised political party registered in Uttar Pradesh has asked the Election Commission to allow it to use ‘broom’ as symbol for its candidates in the Lok Sabha elections in all the states.

Naitik Party had contested 19 seats in 2012 UP Assembly elections with broom as its symbol. All the candidates lost the polls and even forfeited their security deposit.

It is now pinning hope on the humble ‘broom’ to win it seats,riding the AAP wave.

The AAP,which had contested Delhi elections on the broom symbol,plans to contest the Lok Sabha elections on the same symbol.

Naitik Party president Chandra Bhushan Pandey wrote to the EC on December 9,a day after the results of the Delhi polls,stating that his party plans to put up candidates at more than 10 per cent of the parliamentary constituencies in every state and for all 80 seats in UP.

Pandey said the EC,in 2011,had relaxed the norms and allowed registered unrecognised political parties to field their candidates with a common symbol in general elections. The concession was a one-time facility,which the party could avail either during the Lok Sabha or the Assembly elections.

“But the commission amended that order in July this year. According to the new rule,the registered unrecognised political parties,which had availed the facility of common symbol once before the date of amendment,can do it once again,” Pandey said.

He said EC allots common symbol to such parties on ‘first come,first serve’ basis. “So I have applied for the allotment of broom as common symbol for Naitik Party candidates in Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

The Broom symbol may get allotted to AAP in Delhi after recent Assembly elections,but in other states,any other registered unrecognised political party can claim the symbol. Sources said the EC will soon confer the status of a recognised state party to the AAP following which the ‘broom’ will be ‘reserved’ for the AAP and cannot be used by any other party in Delhi.

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