Symbol matters: PPP chief in a fix in Bathinda
The People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) is in a fix on the symbol issue in the backdrop of strong feelers from the Congress that its symbol — the hand — would make the contest against the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Bathinda more effective.chandigarh Updated: Mar 23, 2014 12:05 IST
The People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) is in a fix on the symbol issue in the backdrop of strong feelers from the Congress that its symbol — the hand — would make the contest against the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Bathinda more effective.
"Symbols can be allotted on request and the parties or individuals can formally apply for preferred symbol, well ahead of filing their nominations. It can be considered and is not a big issue," additional chief electoral officer Raminder Singh said.
HT had reported on Saturday that the PPP offices, and its posters and banners did not carry its symbol — the kite — that the party used in the 2012 assembly elections to gain over 5% vote share in the state. The PPP is only a registered party but not recognised in the books of the election commission (EC), and it has so far not even written to the EC for the kite symbol in the Lok Sabha polls.
“I will go for the kite,” PPP chief Manpreet Badal told HT, at the same time, not ruling out the possibility of relying on Congress’s hand in the absence of the kite, for which he has not written to the EC so far.
“The symbol is important, and the kite has already become the PPP image, that is all I can say at the moment,” Manpreet said, adding that he would apply for the kite while filing nomination.
Congress would be happy if Manpreet opts for the hand, and its cadres have been pressing hard for it “for an effective win”, PPP secretary general Gurpreet Bhatti here confirmed. The party would consult its allies
like the CPI and SAD (Longowal) for a consensus.
7 recognised parties
There are six national parties acknowledged as recognised in Punjab with permanent symbols — INC, BJP, NCP, BSP, CPI and CPM. The SAD is recognised a as state/regional party.