HC dismisses plea on hand, lotus as poll symbols

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Kochi, Mar 24 (UNI) The Kerala High Court today dismissed as withdrawn, a writ petition challenging the action of the Election Commission in allotting 'Hand' and 'Lotus' as election symbols to political parties.

In the writ petition filed by Niyamasahaya Vedi, Vanchiyoor, Thiruvananthapuram, it was stated that being the national flower, the allotment of lotus as a symbol to the BJP was improper.

He further submitted that the 'hand' represented the mode of blessing by Hindu gods and therefore its allotment as the Congress' election symbol was without justification.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice V K Bali and Justice K M Joseph allowed the petitioner to withdraw the petition.


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