Relief for BSP on party symbol issue

Posted By: Mamatha
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New Delhi, Oct 13: The Election Commission has rejected the plea of two advocates for putting a freeze on UP Chief Minister Mayawati's party symbol elephant and seeking her disqualification from contesting in elections.

The Commission in its 21-page order said, "at the time of elections, the Commission will take appropriate steps and measures to see that the statutes of Mayawati and BSP symbol elephant do not disturb the opponents during elections."

A petition was filed by 2 advocates Ravi Kant and Sukumar in Jul 2009, who accused the UP government of misusing public money for the installation of statues of Mayawati and party symbol elephant at various public places in Uttar Pradesh.

The petitioners appealed to freeze the BSP party symbol and they also wanted to disqualify Mayawati from contesting elections in future, as several of her statues will always remain and create an unequal playing ground for her opponents during elections.

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