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The EC’s fig leaf

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Election Commission has brought a new rule that all statues of BSP Chief Mayavathi and their election symbol Elephant should be covered fully. This is done in the name of electoral Code. Today's (10th Jan) issue of financial daily "Mint" has carried an editorial, which I am copying here under. The Editorial clearly reflects the public perception in this issue.

The EC's fig leaf.

"The Election Commission (EC) has stated that all the statues of chief minister Mayawati and the party symbol of the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP), the elephant, should be draped in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. The underlying thought is that they would violate the electoral code, which is now in effect.

On the face of it, the decision may sound fair. However, a closer perusal reveals that not only is the decision difficult to implement, the BSP has a point when it claims that it is being unfairly targeted.
To be even-handed, EC will have to ban the use of bicycles, the symbol for the Samajwadi Party, and it would be even more ludicrous when it comes to the Congress, which uses the hand as a symbol. If not, bicycling in the streets of UP and random waving to people would be construed as political propaganda and EC would be in remiss for not implementing the code.
It is bye-bye common sense."

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