Kolkata: Opposition parties on Saturday complained to the Election Commission against the BJP’s name appearing under its electoral symbol on ballot papers, and asked it to take necessary action for correcting the anomaly.
A delegation of opposition leaders met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora in this regard, and demanded that the BJP’s name should either be removed from the ballot papers or the names of other parties added.
“It was found that the initials ‘BJP’ were written under the symbol of the Bhartiya Janta Party, i.e. lotus. The same is highly objectionable and in blatant violation of the Election Conduct Rules, 1961 and Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968,” said the its memorandum.
The Congress also said the ballot papers issued for other constituencies in West Bengal including Raiganj do not contain the initials of the BJP. It is clear that the symbol approved for the BJP is “Lotus” and does not contain its name in any iteration, it said.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the handbook for Returning Officers mandates that the impressions of symbols in the ballot paper should exactly confirm to as approved by the EC.