Hyderabad: In the end, it might all boil down to whether the car is more popular than the hand and the cycle or the lotus. But in between, there are the elephant and the lion, the pressure cooker and the helmet, the woman farmer carrying paddy on her head, the farmer ploughing within a square and many more.
Symbols are crucial for every candidate, for many voters identify them from the symbols before casting their vote. A look at the symbols, allotted by the Election Commission of India for the 313 candidates in the 15 constituencies in Hyderabad district, indicate that it might not be that difficult for voters to identify their preferred candidate, except in a few cases.
Like this situation in the Jubilee Hills constituency, where three independent candidates have their names starting with Syed. Syed Kursheed has the gas stove as his symbol, while Syed Mehraj Ali has the gas cylinder. Between them is Syed Mohammed Hussain with the match box. Quite an explosive situation, couldn’t it be? The lighter went to another independent in Charminar constituency, though.
With some leaders cycling during campaigns, and some reminding the voters showing their hand, what will candidates who got dumbbells, or road roller, the toothbrush, or yes, the one who got the baby walker, do during their campaigns is quite thought provoking.
Musical campaigns are quite possible, because the gramophone is there, so is the trumpet and the flute, not to forget the harmonium and the whistle as well. Animal activists won’t have much to worry since the only animals around are the elephant and the lion, and while the latter is ruled out being brought out onto the streets, the Bahujan Samaj Party is yet to campaign on an elephant in the city.
Fruits and vegetables are aplenty, with a ‘basket containing fruits’ itself being a symbol. Then there are grapes, shared by quite a few independent candidates in different constituencies and by two political parties as well. One independent has the pineapple, while another has the green chilli.
While chappals, helmet and crane are also on the list, the pressure cooker, the cup and saucer, ‘plate containing food’, the pot, bottle and glass tumbler bring up the crockery section. There is the jewellery section as well, with the ring, diamond, bead necklace and bangles making quite a sight.
The stethoscope and the headphone are the rare ones among this year’s symbols, all allotted from the ECI’s list of 163 free symbols, apart from those reserved for national and State parties.