Election symbols: Candidates choose from mundane to the unusual ones

Popular choices range from fruits and vegetables to household items and kitchen utensils, from laptops and computers to air-conditioners, refrigerators, televisions and CCTV cameras

April 20, 2024 05:00 pm | Updated May 01, 2024 06:52 am IST - Bengaluru

The Election Commission puts up a list of free election symbols for candidates of unrecognised parties and independents to pick up.

The Election Commission puts up a list of free election symbols for candidates of unrecognised parties and independents to pick up. | Photo Credit: KUMAR S.S.

Fruits and vegetables, household items, kitchen utensils, computers, air-conditioners, refrigerators, televisions and CCTV cameras... These are some of the election symbols chosen by candidates in the two-phase Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka (April 26 and May 7).

While pressure cooker, pot, glass tumbler, mixer, gas cylinder are the popular choices, torch, coconut farm, autorickshaw, diesel pump, bat, TV remote, dish antenna and baby walker are some of the unusual symbols. A basket containing fruits, a plate containing food, robot, chappals, triangle, flute, water tank, helmet, phone charger, road roller, doorbell, handcart, stumps, throwing a javelin and rubber stamp are the novel entries this time.

These symbols are for independent candidates and aspirants from registered political parties that are not recognised as national or State parties.

Candidates in the fray

In all, 247 candidates, including 21 women, were in the fray for the April 26 Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka. A total of 118 independents and 88 from registered unrecognised political parties (RUPP) are in the fray. As many as 12 candidates are from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and one from the CPI(M).

For the May 7 polls, in all 227 candidates are contesting including 21 women. Apart from 117 independents and 73 RUPP candidates, nine are from BSP.

A senior official from the Election Commission said that the common symbols allotted to candidates of unrecognised political parties are not allotted to any other candidate. However, the symbol will be available for allotment as a free symbol to other independent candidates in the constituencies where these parties do not nominate candidates. 

Namesakes back

Every election there are some candidates whose namesakes contest to confuse voters. This time, in Bengaluru Rural, two sets of candidates with similar names are in the fray. While cardiologist C N Manjunath is contesting on a BJP ticket, another C N Manjunatha from Bahujan Bharat Party is in the fray with Ganna Kisan as the party symbol. 

Likewise, two persons with names similar to Congress candidate D.K. Suresh are contesting in Bengaluru Rural. They are Suresh S. from Karunadu Party with batsman as his symbol and Suresh M.N. with gas cylinder as his symbol. 

Shobha Karandlaje in Bengaluru North also has a namesake contesting as an independent with the almirah symbol. In Bengaluru Central, Mansoor Ali Khan has opponents with similar names, such as Mukhtar Ali Khan (Karnataka Karmikara Paksha) with pot as symbol, and C.M. Shabaz Khan (Young Star Empowerment Party) with mike as symbol.

In Hassan, Prajwal Revanna is contesting against H.D. Revanna (namesake of his father) from Purvanchal Mahapanchayat with batsman as symbol. The same person is also contesting in Mandya where former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is the JD(S)-BJP alliance candidate.

In Shivamogga,  K S Eswarappa (rebel BJP member) who is contesting as an independent with ganna kissan (sugarcane farmer) as symbol has his namesake D S Eshwarappa, another independent with ring as symbol, in the fray.

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