Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee has objected to the proposal of Election Commission of India to set up pink polling booth for women for upcoming Telangana assembly election on December 7.
Reason- Pink is the colour of the TRS party.
The Congress has demanded that the Election Commission should not use pink colour on women polling booths as this would go against the spirit of fair elections, as TRS party uses pink colour for its flags, banners and entire campaign material.
Congress leader, Gudur Narayana Reddy in a media statement said, “The ECI had set up pink polling booths for women with completely female staff during Karnataka Assembly elections. While this was acceptable in Karnataka, the Election Commission should not allow this in Telangana as the official colour of ruling TRS party is pink”.
“The Election Commission should not allow any symbols, signs, colour or text that might influence the voters”, he added.
The Election Commission sets up special Pink polling booths during elections to encourage more women to come out and vote. These special booths are staffed by women and are decorated with pink balloons, tablecloths, walls.
Welcoming the initiatives being taken by the Election Commission to increase percentage of polling among women, Congress party appealed the Commission to also ensure that polling booth does not give any scope to any political party to take advantage of its initiatives.
(Story contributed by Sakshi Khanna)