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BJP accuses Cong of violating MCC by shaking 'hands' near polling booth

ANI | Updated: May 13, 2019 13:44 IST

New Delhi [India], May 13 (ANI): BJP leader Ashwani Upadhyay on Monday registered a complaint with the Election Commission (EC) against Congress stating that the party cadres are violating Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by shaking 'hands' (Congress symbol) near polling booth in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
In his complaint to the EC, Upadhyay mentioned that Congress workers and their election agents are affecting voters by 'shaking hands' in the 100 meters radius of the booth, which is a violation of public representative law and election code of conduct.
As per the guidelines issued by the EC, no names of any party and its election symbol should be seen within a distance of 200 meters from the polling station.
Upadhyay also suggested that the EC should ask Congress to fight elections on one of its old symbols.
Congress' election symbols were changed many times. The poll symbol of the party during elections held between 1952 and 1971 was an image of two bullocks with a plough. Later, former prime minister leader Indira Gandhi formed Congress (R) and fought election between 1971 and 1977 with another poll symbol showing a cow with a suckling calf. The present 'hand' symbol, which represents strength, energy and unity, was first used by Indira after she created the New Congress.
On Sunday, the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls in 59 parliamentary constituencies witnessed a voter turnout of 63.3 per cent, the EC said. The counting of votes will take place on May 23. (ANI)