BJP opposes allotment of party symbol to GPP

Keshubhai Patel

BJP's national spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman on Monday said the party was opposing allotment of cricket bat as a common symbol to the Gujarat Parivartan Party on "technical grounds" and not as a panic reaction to GPP's growing influence in certain areas.

BJP legal cell is in touch with the Election Commission in this regard, she said.

She said that since GPP had not followed the concessional EC directive of declaring names of all candidates, it was not entitled to get a party symbol. Seetharaman said GPP was supposed to give list of its candidates to the EC three days ahead of the notification of allotment of the symbol, which it did not do and so, its candidates should be considered as Independents.

Already, returning officer of Bhavnagar West constituency has taken nomination of GPP candidate but has also referred the matter to the EC, she added.

On the Congress using "wrong" photos to highlight malnutrition in Gujarat under Modi rule, Sitharaman said the Congress in its desperation to pick up any issue had picked wrong photograph to show malnutrition which was "cruel" and "insensitive".

Modi's 3D address to cover 26 constituencies BJP leader Bharat Pandya said the 3D address of Chief Minister Narendra Modi presented earlier in four cities would be replicated in 26 constituencies simultaneously on Thursday. "The use of 3D technology in this campaign is to show strides of Gujarat's progress in the field of technology," Pandya said when told that Keshubhai Patel had ensured BJP victory on more seats than the present in 1995 without using any such technology.

Besides, as many as 28 Vikas Raths will also fan out in all the districts of the state, he said. The campaign will have mention of Modi's events like Sadbhavna fasts.

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