26 July, 2021

A Sleight Of Hand

The battle over the Congress symbol is interestingly poised

A Sleight Of Hand
The Congress may well face an identity crisis in the Lok Sabha elections. The rebel faction, ledby Narain Dutt Tiwari, is doing its utmost to convince the Election Commission that party office-bearers, including its President P.V. Narasimha Rao, have violated its constitution and thus forfeited all claims to the official party symbol.

The 'hand' symbol, on which the Congress has been contesting elections since 1980, may remain with the Congress, may be 'frozen' or, an unlikely eventuality, may be awarded to the breakaway group.

The dispute over the party symbol started with a petition filed by the breakaway group, which calls itself the All India Indira Congress (AIIC), this January, claiming that it alone had the right to the symbol. In its closing submissions before the Election Commission last week, it said the Indian National Congress (INC) had ignored the letter and spirit of the party constitution, which envisaged a democratic set-up far removed from the present ad hocism.

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