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Indian National Congress Party

The Indian National Congress party (seen on television) was simply the Indian national flag with the party's symbol instead of the wheel. Their symbol is a right hand, and was seen at: (link now lost). On the flag the hand was drawn in the same size, style, and colour as the wheel would normally be, i.e. dark blue lines, and with white instead of the 'skin' colour.
Kjell Roll Elgsaas, 22 February 1998

Bharatiya Janata Party

[Flag of BJP]
by António Martins, 11 May 1999

I saw the BJP flag on TV today and there is a small depiction at I have not observed these parties too closely but I know that the symbol is usually a simple monochrome pictorial device on the ballot paper for the benefit of illiterate voters.
11 May 1999

Note: flag is usually represented in a 2:3 ratio; this representation from the web is an artistic rendering.
Jaume Ollé, 23 May 1999

[Symbol of BJP] from the site. The symbol appears to be called Kamal Darshan (see ALT tag at While they could have called it just kamal, meaning lotus, they have chosen a grandiose phrase, which loosely translates as lotus worship.

Ash Nallawalla, 23 February 1998



As amended by the National council at Gandhi Nagar (Gujarat) on 4th May, 1998


Article I :

NAME : The name of the Party shall be "Bharatiya Janata Party" (hereinafter referred to as "The Party").

Article V :

Flag: The Flag of the Party shall comprise of two vertical colours- saffron and green, in the ratio of 2:1 with the election symbol of the Party in blue colour in the middle of the saffron portion equal to half of its size. The green portion will be near the mast.

[My comment: I infer from this and the illustration that the total ratio of the flag is 1:3]

Article VI :

Election symbol : The election symbol of the Party shall be "Lotus."
Ivan Sache, 26 January 1999

Ajeya Bharat Party


Ajeya Bharat Party has been founded with the pure and pious intention to establish life in happiness, peace, unprecedented prosperity, equality, health, invincibility, and wholeness for all time to come.

Ajeya Bharat Party has been established in order to create ideal citizens who are steeped in Vedic Ideals, who have the field of all possibilities enlivened in their consciousness, who have command over Riddhis and Siddhis, and who are Indian to the core. Such individuals will be fully knowledgeable, of harmonious consciousness, and free from problems, illness, suffering, and conflict.
contributed by Dov Gutterman, 16 March 1999

The flag is a horizontal tricolour, as in the Indian flag, but with a ratio 1:2:1. Centred on the (wide) white stripe is a sun disk, bearing a face and garland on the forehead, and radiating out from the disk 24 rays, curved clockwise. On the white stripe is written presumably the name of the party in Indian script.

Swatantra Party

[Swatantra Party Flag] by Ivan Sache

Blue field with a white star in the middle (source: Smith (1975))

Ivan Sache, 06 Aug 1999


[Shivsena Flag] from Shivsena website


SHIVSENA is registered with the Election Commission of India as a political party. It is a recognised political party in the state of Maharashtra. Any citizen of Hindustan who loves his Motherlan can become a member irrespective of his cast, creed, religion or language.

collected by Dov Gutterman, 28 Aug 1999

Communist Party of India (Marxist)

[Communist Party of India (marxist)] by Nitesh Dave

From the party's constitution:



The flag of the Party shall be a red flag of which the length shall be one-and-a-half times its width. At the centre of the flag there shall be a crossed hammer and sickle in white.
Nitesh Dave, 19 Feb 2000

The Indian Communist Party - Marxist has a seven pointed white star in the canton and the hammer and sickle is a bit different. In the logo, the hammer and sickle is golden bordered white with a black shadow over a red background, and the star (five-pointed is touching the upper part of the hammer. But sometimes the star in the flag is missing or is fivepointed. The flag posted seems to be the flag of the Indian Communist Party (prosoviet) or at least the desing is very close. Jaume Ollé, 27 Feb 2000

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