Election Commission changes rose with truck following BJP protest

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh election commission has cancelled the rose symbol allotted to some candidates in panchayat elections after BJP objected that it could mislead voters because of its resemblance with party’s lotus sign.

Election commission has swapped rose with truck after BJP lodged a protest, saying rose symbol allotted to some independents in panchayat elections, which are held on non-party basis, resembles lotus and will mislead voters.

A record number of more than 90,000 candidates filed nominations this time as separate nominations were filed for the post of panchayat vice-president, who would be elected through direct vote.

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