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Cong, AAP object to BRICS Summit logo

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Ahead of the BRICS Summit in Goa, the has expressed its objection to the logo of the event, which it said looks like the party symbol of BJP, even as the AAP questioned the absence of the name of the place, where the meet is being held, from the logo.

"It is highly improper on the part of the relevant BRICS Committee to select the symbol of a member country, India, when it is well-known that lotus is BJP's poll symbol. Elections of the Assembly are due to be held in February 2017. In Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and also polls are due," MP Shantaram Naik told reporters yesterday.

The leader also filed a petition in the Commission of (ECI) demanding that steps should be taken to "freeze" BJP's symbol, as the party has "misused" it by going against the spirit of Symbols Order, 1968, the which regulates the allotment of symbol.

Meanwhile, AAP spokesman Rupesh Shinkre sought to know why the name of is not mentioned in the logo, whereas in the past BRICS events, the logo carried the names of the host places.

"As is gearing up to host the 8th BRICS Summit, it is a matter of pride to to host the event, where the leaders of the next world powers would set their foot," Shinkre said.

"has been earlier a venue to such world events. But BRICS is the biggest among them. Venues of such meets are very significant because the declarations are named after the place of its convention. The 8th BRICS Declaration would be a called as the Declaration," he said.

"With all the humility we would like to draw the attention of stakeholders to issue which has been neglected. The logo of a summit should incorporate the name of the place. Like BRICS summits held in the past since 2009. That is Yekaterinburg (Russia) in 2009, Brasilia (Brazil) in 2010, Sanya (China) in 2011, New Delhi (India) in 2012, Durban (South Africa) in 2013,Fortaleza (Brazil) in 2014 and Ufa (Russia) in 2015. But the BRICS 2016 logo doesn't find the mention of This is strong exception to the precedence," he added.

Reacting to the criticism, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said, "It is good that Naik sees lotus everywhere in in the run up to the polls."

However, Parsekar's party colleague and MP from South Narendra Sawaikar, tweeted, "Logos do not substitute for symbol. sees propaganda in anything and everything."

The BRICS Summit will take place in on October 15 and 16.

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First Published: Thu, October 13 2016. 20:07 IST