Election symbols are commonly known objects that are easily identifiable by the electors, despite their illiteracy or ignorance, and are readily distinguishable from each other.

Election Commission of India

Recognition as a national or a state party ensures that the election symbol of that party is not used by any other political entity in polls across India. Other registered but unrecognised political parties have to choose from a pool of "free symbols" announced by the commission from time to time.