Confusion over namesakes, party symbols affected outcome: AAP

  • Team HT, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 17, 2014 12:34 IST

Confusion over symbols and similar-sounding names of candidates adversely affected the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) chances once again, party members said.

With two namesakes in his constituency, West Delhi, the vote share of AAP’s Jarnail Singh came down as the others cut into his tally.

The two independent candidates with the same names polled 90,682 votes together while the AAP candidate got over 3 lakh votes.

In South Delhi constituency, AAP candidate Devinder Sehrawat said he suffered a loss as an independent candidate’s logo resembled his symbol, the broom.

“Ruby Yadav, an independent candidate, had the shuttlecock as her symbol, which looked similar to ours (broom). We had complained to the election commission but nothing happened,” he said.

Yadav got more than 56,000 votes. In last year’s Delhi assembly elections too, the AAP had raised a furore over the same issue.

Before polling day, AAP’s Jarnail Singh and the party’s volunteers had distributed pamphlets to educate voters about a possible confusion over names and symbols.

“Dummy candidates with the same name as mine and shuttlecock as the election symbol, which looks like a broom, secured almost 1 lakh votes. The election commission should do something to stop this. It hurt us in the last election and is hurting us again,” AAP’s Jarnail Singh said.

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