The Election Commission of India (ECI) has allotted the broom as the election symbol for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). “Congratulations! Aam aadmi Party gets election symbol!!!Just Received EC letter giving the 'broom' as election symbol,” tweeted AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Wednesday.
In December, the AAP approached the ECI to start the process of registration. As required under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the party issued advertisements in newspapers, calling for objections to its registration with the Commission. After a waiting period of 30 days, one of the AAP representatives attended a personal hearing with the members of the Commission.
The party registered with the ECI in January, after which the Commission asked it to select an election symbol from the list of 85 free symbols.
The party submitted ‘broom’, ‘candle’, and ‘tap’ as its three most preferred symbols in the order of priority.
“With the broom, which symbolises dignity of labour, the party hopes to clean the filth which has permeated our government and our legislature. The country needs a clean sweep of its corrupted main stream political parties,” said a party statement.
The AAP will field its candidates in all 70 assembly seats in the national capital. The party’s founder member Arvind Kejriwal has announced that he would take on the chief minister by contesting against her from New Delhi seat.