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The Indian Herald

February 28, 2009

Hindu outfit against allotting elephant as poll symbol

Claiming that elephant is associated with Hinduism, a group of parties led by Hindu Jagran Manch have protested allotting the elephant as election symbol to any party.

Led by the Hindu Jagran Manch, these parties have fired a missive to the Election Commission and expressed their unhappiness over the EC's move to allot elephant as a symbol to contestants.

"Elephant is associated to Hinduism as Lord Ganesha is worshipped and it's use as a symbol would hurt the religious feelings of the Hindus", said Om Prakash Mishra, head of Awadh unit of the Manch, after a meeting in Pratapgarh today.

He has warned that if the symbol was allotted, the Mahapanchyat of Sadhus and Saints would be called for a mass movement. Later a sit-in would be staged at EC office and subsequently at the Parliament, he said.

Apart from the symbols of recognised parties, the commission allots symbols like clock, ladder, pressure cooker, lion and bucket to those who contest as independent candidates or to small parties.

TIH Bureau

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