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PTI reports:

The Election Commission today ordered that statues of Chief Minister Mayawati and BSP poll symbol "elephant" in Uttar Pradesh be covered till assembly polls were over

Some of the reactions on Twitter

08 Jan 2012, 01:12:24 AM | Buzz

Kanchan Gupta in the Pioneer:

Someone should call the Election Commission’s bluff and demand that anything that projects the Congress through the glorification of exalted members, past and present, of its first family must also be banished from public space till the elections are over — not only in Uttar Pradesh but also in Manipur, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa. That would extend to bridges, canals, roads, housing projects, schools, colleges and parks (and anything else not mentioned in this list) named after any individual who has ever had anything to do with the Congress, or for that matter any other political party.

More importantly, this rule should then become the benchmark for all future elections — to State legislatures and Parliament. For instance, whenever elections are held in Delhi, Rajiv Chowk should be referred to as just ‘Chowk’ or as Connaught Place and all mention of the late lamented Congress leader’s name should be removed from the Metro station in that area too. Would the Election Commission dare to do that? Or is its concern for ensuring a “level playing ground” at election time for all political parties, which actually means giving the Congress an advantage, limited to Uttar Pradesh alone?

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