After veering round to the view that its existing "arrow" election symbol is "confusing" voters, the party has planned to meet the Election Commission any day after Makar Sankranti and submit a list of its symbol choices to replace the existing one.

Makar Sankranti is on coming Thursday and, hence a forward movement on the issue is expected next week. The party's bid to seek a new symbol comes ahead of assembly election scheduled in five states -- Assam, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, West Bengal and Kerala, where it is planning to contest as part of some 'grand morcha' on the lines of that formed in Bihar to defeat NDA, sources in JD-U said.

They said that the party is likely to seek one of the three symbols -- tree, a farmer wielding a plough and hut. Banyan tree was the symbol of Samyukta Socialist Party, while Praja Socialist Party's symbol was hut. Farmer with plough was the symbol of Lok Dal. All of them were part of larger Janata Parivar family at some point or the other.

After initially showing keenness to get the 'wheel' symbol of erstwhile Janata Dal, JD-U has given up the hope on it as it is not sure of the support of Janata Dal (Secular).

A JD-U delegation had met the Election Commission immediately after the Bihar polls to discuss the issue of symbol. Responding to their demand for the wheel symbol, the EC is learnt to have told them that the wheel symbol can be given to them if JD (S) does not object to it.

Latest News  from Bihar News Desk