MP HC directs EC to settle down GGP poll symbol case

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Jabalpur, Nov 7 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh High Court has issued directives to Election Commission to hear and settle down the case which EC has removed symbol of Gondwana Gantantra Party'(GGP) allotted to them in last two assembly polls from its list on November 8.

The party had challenged EC in the court for removing their symbol -- an axe.

The joint bench of Chief Justice A K Patnaik and Justice Ajit Singh issued this directives to EC secretary after hearing the petition filed by GGP General Secretary Dheerendra Singh Dheeru.

Prosecution said EC had allotted the symbol 'axe' in 1998 and 2003 which became the identity of the party. Under the same symbol their three candidates had won the elections.

The question of identity confronted the party as party supporters illiterate Scheduled Tribe voters might be misguided.

ECI counsel KK Trivedi said the work of allotting poll symbols was yet not completed and was still in process.

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