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EC rejects BJP plea against GPP symbol

Posted on Nov 28, 07:26PM | UNI

The Election Commission today rejected a BJP plea to not allow recently floated Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) to use 'bat' symbol, claiming that it violated EC instructions, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Ashok Manek said.

The GPP has met all basic requirements for getting the symbol, hence the commission has rejected the BJP complaint, he said.

In its complaint, Gujarat BJP claimed that the GPP violated the EC norms. It said the EC had given the symbol to GPP on the condition that it will field candidates in all 182 constituencies and submit form 'A' and 'B' required to file nomination papers of each candidate to the state chief electoral officer as well as to the Returning Officer of the constituency. However, GPP violated both conditions and so a complaint was lodged with the EC regarding the issue.

The GPP was floated by rebel BJP leader Keshubhai Patel two months ago after he quit the BJP in August.

Gujarat Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in two phases on December 13 and 17.

The counting of votes will be taken up on December 20.