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Biscuit, cake, capsicum, grapes... voters have quite a menu to choose from

IndiaTimes Friday, 16 October 2020 ()
From chappals, shoes and baby walker to peas, grapes, capsicum ‘belan’, ‘kadhai’ and even ‘batsman’ — there’s hardly any item of everyday use that is not allotted by the Election Commission as a poll symbol to registered but unrecognised political parties ahead of the Bihar election.
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