The Gujarat Parivartan Party, led by Bharatiya Janata Party rebel and former chief minister Keshubhai Patel, will contest the forthcoming assembly elections on the symbol of a cricket bat.
In a major relief to the new entrant in the election fray, the Election Commission of India on Wednesday rejected BJP's complaint for disallowing GPP from using this symbol.
"The ECI has rejected BJP's complaint against GPP to disallow the party from using the symbol of cricket bat. GPP can fight the elections on this symbol in all assembly seats," said Additional Chief Electoral Officer Ashok Manek.
BJP on Monday had said that it had approached the election watchdog against GPP for violating the pre-conditions set by it in allotting the symbol and requested the EC to allot the nascent outfit separate symbols in each constituency.
"ECI had given the symbol of (cricket) bat to GPP on the condition that it will field candidates in all 182 constituencies and submit forms A and B, required to file nomination papers of each candidate, to the state chief electoral officer as well as to RO of the constituency," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman had said.
The Election Commission said the GPP has complied with its norms in this regard.
"GPP candidates had submitted the mandatory Form A and Form B to the Returning Officer and Form A to the state chief electoral officer," Manek said.
Reacting to the BJP's charge, GPP senior vice president Suresh Mehta alleged on Tuesday that the ruling party was pressurising Returning Officers to reject nomination papers of the party candidates.
The GPP was formed in August by former BJP veteran Keshubhai Patel who fell out with chief minister Narendra Modi.
Gujarat will go to polls in two phases on December 13 and December 17. Counting of votes is scheduled on December 20.