After Shiv Sena Poll Council’s order, 3 choices for Team Thackeray’s name

After Shiv Sena Poll Council's order, 3 choices for Team Thackeray's name

The ECI asked both sides to come up with a list of three names and symbols.

New Delhi:

Sources in the Election Commission say Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray faction has come up with a list of three names and symbols for the upcoming bye elections in Andheri East, Mumbai.

They said ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray’ was the first choice and ‘Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray’ was the second choice.

The Election Commission yesterday froze the name Shiv Sena and its ‘bow and arrow’ symbol following a dispute between warring factions, led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde, and asked both to produce a list of three names and symbols among which ECI will allocate one by one.

The probe’s intervention comes a few months after an open uprising in Shiv Sena by Eknath Shinde and his loyalists, who have joined hands with the BJP to form a new government with Mr. Chief. Insurgents have laid claim to the party, saying that Thackeray camp is a minority group with no popular support within the party.

In the interim order of the voting body, both groups will now have to choose new names. They will be allocated different symbols, which they can choose from a list of available free symbols.

The committee had previously asked rival groups to submit documentary evidence of legislative and organizational support by August 8 to support their claims.

The deadline was extended to 7 October following Thackeray’s request. On October 4, the Shinde faction turned over the Election Commission seeking to allocate the bow and arrow symbol for the Andheri East council by-election announced on Friday.


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