Trunks up or trunks down? The difference is huge if you believe the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), currently embroiled in an elephantine controversy over “hati parks” with which it littered across the state of Uttar Pradesh.
More specifically, the BSP would like to emphasise that a raised trunk has been a part of Indian culture as a traditional symbol of welcome, while the more somber trunk-down posture merely happened to be its party symbol.
Recently the Election Commission (EC) capped a season of furore by asking the BSP to reply by August 12 why action wouldn’t be initiated against the party for spending precious public funds to build elephant statues — a not so subtle allusion to the BSP’s symbol — at parks all over the state.
Desperate to find a way out, the BSP today struck a rather innovative, if not provocative, explanation of the elephant drive.
“The trunks of elephants installed at the memorials were raised and in a welcome mode, which was absolutely different from the party’s symbol,” said BSP general secretary S.C. Mishra on Wednesday.