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Tirupati Bypoll: Glass Symbol for another party? BJP, Jana Sena jittery of vote-splitting

With the Election Commission of India (ECI) allotting a glass symbol to a regional party, the BJP is getting nightmares that it may lead to possible cross-voting in the by-election to Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency. 

A team of BJP and Jana Sena leaders, led by BJP State in-charge Sunil Deodhar, CM Ramesh, Y.S. Chowdary and Jana Sena leader Nadendla Manohar, visited Delhi on Monday to file a complaint in this connection with the ECI. 

“We will approach the court over allocation of glass symbol to the Navataram party. YSRCP ministers and leaders are behind the nominations of independent candidates and other small regional parties. Based on certain technical loopholes, YSRCP is trying to divert the attention of voters,” BJP State secretary P Vishnuvardhan Reddy said. 

“We requested the glass symbol for our party in a written application to the Returning Officer (RO) while submitting the nomination papers. On April 3, the Election Commission of India allotted the glass symbol to our party. I am contesting on behalf of the Navataram party. Rumours are circulating that the ruling YSRCP is supporting us. If so, why is its candidate in the fray?” contestant Dr G. Ramesh Kumar questioned.  

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is taking out roadshows across the constituency in support of the alliance candidate. “Though people gave an overwhelming response to Kalyan’s meetings, it should be seen how many of them translate into votes,” a resident said.

With the Glass Symbol already being Jana Sena Party’s symbol, another one is likely to create confusion among voters is what both the BJP & Jana Sena feel. However, there are minor changes in the symbol allotted to Jana Sena and Navataram party. It remains to be seen how this strategy will turn out for the BJP-Jana Sena alliance in the Tirupati byelection. 

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