Chhattisgarh Assembly elections: 7 small parties get poll symbols

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Raipur, Oct 9: The Assembly elections are knocking at the door and political parties are gearing up for a battle in the days to come. Among them are 7 registered unrecognised parties in Chhattisgarh who have been alloted poll symbols this time.

For instance, the Chhattisgarh Swabhiman Manch was issued the symbol of 'whistle', the Bhartiya Bahujan Party was issued the 'sewing machine' and the HIndustan Swaraj Party was issued the symbol of a 'disel pump'. The Bharatiya Picchda Dal was assigned the 'glass tumbler' as its symbol. Some of the other parties that have been assigned election symbols include Bharatiya Sadbhawana Samaj Party that has been allotted a 'slate', Gondwana Gantantra Party that has been assigned 'saw', and the Shaktisena (Bharatdesh) that has been assigned a 'candle'.

The parties have been directed to open bank accounts of candidates a day prior to filing the nomination. As per the Supreme court order, the candidates will have to manage their campaign expenses from their bank accounts. Furthermore, the expenditure amount allotted for one constituency is Rs 16 Lakhs. Usage of helicopters for campaigns is restricted and has to be informed to the respective returning officer 24 hours ahead.

The Apex court further directs that the nomination form should not have anything missing and if at all something is not available, the Returning officer should inform the candidates about the missing entries.

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