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Congress, AAP object to lotus in BRICS logo ahead of Goa summit

Ahead of the BRICS Summit in Goa, the Congress has expressed its objection to the logo of the event, which it said looks like the party symbol of BJP, even as the AAP questioned the absence of the name of the place, where the meet is being held, from the logo.

india Updated: Oct 15, 2016 08:25 IST
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A Russian tourist couple walks past the BRICS poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Goa, on Thursday.
A Russian tourist couple walks past the BRICS poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Goa, on Thursday.(AP)

Ahead of the BRICS Summit in Goa, the Congress has expressed its objection to the logo of the event, which it said looks like the party symbol of BJP, even as the AAP questioned the absence of the name of the place, where the meet is being held, from the logo.

“It is highly improper on the part of the relevant BRICS Committee to select the election symbol of a member country, India, when it is well-known that lotus is BJP’s poll symbol. Elections of the Goa Assembly are due to be held in February 2017. In Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Manipur also polls are due,” Congress MP Shantaram Naik told reporters on Wednesday.

The Congress leader also filed a petition in the Election Commission of India (ECI) demanding that steps should be taken to “freeze” BJP’s election symbol, as the party has “misused” it by going against the spirit of Symbols Order, 1968, the law which regulates the allotment of symbols.

AAP spokesperson Rupesh Shinkre sought to know why the name of Goa is not mentioned.

“As India is gearing up to host the 8th BRICS Summit, it is a matter of pride to Goa to host the event, where the leaders of the next world powers would set their foot,” Shinkre said.

“...Venues of such meets are very significant because the declarations are named after the place of its convention. The 8th BRICS Declaration would be a called as the Goa Declaration,” he said.

Reacting to the criticism, Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar said, “It is good that Naik sees lotus everywhere in Goa in the run up to the polls.”

However, Parsekar’s party colleague and MP from South Goa Narendra Sawaikar, tweeted, “Logos do not substitute for election symbol. Congress sees propaganda in anything and everything.

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