In a setback to Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi ahead of polls, the Election Commission has declined to allot a common symbol to his party on the ground that only recognised political parties get it.
In an order passed on Monday, the EC pointed out that a common election symbol cannot be granted to his "Praja Rajyam" party merely on the basis of membership, EC sources said.
The Commission said that a party should contest elections and get required number of votes to get recognition and a common symbol.
Chiranjeevi, who floated Praja Rajyam amid much fanfare in August last year, had sought "Rail Engine" as a common symbol for his party.
The Commission said that only recognised political parties are eligible for a permanent election symbol while "registered" parties will have to choose from the 'free symbols' available.