‘EC should have considered freezing BSP symbol’
Digvijay Singh Thursday said the Election Commission should have considered freezing the party`s symbol elephant rather than just ordering to cover.
New Delhi: Rubbing salt into the wounds of BSP, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Thursday said the Election Commission should have considered freezing the party`s symbol elephant rather than just ordering to cover it in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
"If Election Commission thought that it may affect the
verdict then they should have considered freezing the elephant
symbol. It would have been more logical," he told reporters.
The Congress general secretary noted that elephant was a
"free" symbol as the AGP of Assam also has the same symbol.
Asked whether the Congress party would make such a demand
to the EC, he said it would be "too frivolous". He also
clarified that Congress party had not complained about the BSP
symbol to the poll body.
He saw nothing wrong in the decision to provide 4.5
percent reservation, but refused to say anything about the ECs
decision to stay the implementation till the elections are
"The Election Commission has taken the decision in their
own wisdom. We respect that wisdom," he said.
Singh`s comments on the elephant symbol came on a day
when the BSP also expressed its unhappiness over the EC
directive though for a different reason.
BSP hit out at the Election Commission, claiming its
order was in violation of the law and demanded that the
decision be reconsidered.
Dubbing the Commission`s decision as "unjustifed and
one-sided", the BSP said it has demoralised the party and left
Dalits and backwards "cheated". The ruling party also appeared
to raise questions on EC`s intentions to hold free and fair
Assembly polls in UP starting next month.