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Can symbols cut both ways?

B. Chandrashekhar
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Political parties take pride in getting unique election symbols. The Aam Aadmi Party used its symbol, “broom,” to good effect, promising to sweep away corruption and other ills.

Recently, the Jai Samaikyandhra Party of Andhra Pradesh, newly floated by the former Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, was allotted a pair of slippers as its symbol.

At a public meeting in Visakhapatnam last week, Mr. Reddy called upon people to beat with slippers the parties which supported bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

TDP leader P.R. Mohan, however, asks, “What if the people revolt against those parties with the same ‘weapons’ (broom, slippers, et al) one day?”

B. Chandrashekhar


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