//Ban 'elephant' as poll symbol: Hindutva organisations

Ban 'elephant' as poll symbol: Hindutva organisations

Pratapgarh, UP (PTI): Hindu Jagran Manch and other Hindu organisations have objected to allotment of “elephant ” as an election symbol to any political party and have urged the Election Commission to withdraw it.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting presided here yesterday by Avadh pranth president of the Hindu Jagran Manch, Om Prakash Misra and a request has already been sent to the Election Commission.

“Hindus rever elephant as Lord Ganesha and its use in election provides scope to political parties to use it for sloganeering and its akin to degrading the god thereby hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus, Misra said.

He said it is also against the model code of conduct and should be banned immediately, Misra said.

Misra further said that the saints, dharmacharyas and activists of different Hindu organisations would stage a dharna before the Election Commission and hold a “mahapanchayat” before the Parliament in case their demand is not met soon.


The Hindu, February 27, 2009