From ceiling fan to comb, Indian political parties woo voters with the strangest party symbols

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Political party symbols hold special significance in the Indian elections, given only 74% of the country’s population is literate.

While many are familiar with the hand of the Indian National Congress and the lotus of the Bharatiya Janata Party, there are hundreds of others. First introduced by Election Commission of India in 1950, even today they hold great sway in connecting political parties with the electorate.

In the upcoming elections, around 900 registered voters in India will cast their vote by pressing the button next to the symbol of the political party they have chosen on an electronic voting machine.

Additionally, over half of the political symbols suggested by the Election Commission are personal grooming items like the comb. Another famous symbol was a “lady purse”. The political parties also used a toothbrush as a reminder of dental hygiene to the voters. In fact, a lady frock was also used back in 1950s.

Here are some of the most unusual symbols used used by political parties that have entered the fray-

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​Battery Torch

​Battery Torch

Kamal Haasan’s party Makkal Needi Maiam was recently allocated the battery torch symbol by the Election Commission of India. The actor-turned-politician, Kamal Haasan tweeted that it will endeavour to be the “Torch-Bearer” for a new era in TN and Indian politics.

​Comb

​Comb

Amitabh Choudhary, an ex IPS officer, formed a political party with “Comb” as its symbol. The ‘Comb’ is used by Jharkhand Vikas Morcha.

Lock and Key

Lock and Key

As many as 28 symbols suggested by Election Commission are household implements including kitchen staples like a cup or a jug or even a plate. One such symbol is Lock and Key used by All India United Democratic Front formed in the Assam.

​Bicycle

​Bicycle

The Samajwadi Party and the Telugu Desam party both have a bicycle as their same and so do the National Panthers Party of Jammu (Kashmir) and the Manipur People’s Party (Manipur).

​Ceiling Fan

​Ceiling Fan

Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress party (Andhra Pradesh) is using ceiling fans as their symbol.

Spectacles

Spectacles

Voters could also potentially vote for spectacles that is currently the symbol of Indian National Lok Dal in Haryana. The party believes that the symbols depict their vision of working for poor. Om Prakash Chautala is currently leading the party.

​Ladder

​Ladder

Indian Union Muslim League used a ladder to symbolise their party. Election Commission of India has put free symbols like Apple, T.V remote, Computer, earrings and much more up for allotment.

Electric Bulb

Electric Bulb

Mizoram people’s Conference uses an electric bulb as its symbol. Lately, Indian political parties have also used symbols like the sewing machine, a stethoscope even a pair of scissors to connect to people.

​Bow and Arrow

​Bow and Arrow

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha of Jharkhand and Shiv Sena from Maharashtra used Bow and Arrow.

​Banana

​Banana

It is used by AJSU party of Jharkhand. Mango is another fruit used as a symbol of a political party in India.

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