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“Eknath Shinde Gives Up, Can’t Claim Icons,” Thackeray Team told the panel


New Delhi:

In the battle to see who gets the Shiv Sena – party name, emblem and all – former Maharashtra Minister Uddhav Thackeray told the Election Commission today that the faction led by Eknath Shinde cannot claim the bow and arrow symbol like he and other MLAs in his camp had “voluntarily left the party.”

The committee asked Team Thackeray to respond to Eknath Shinde’s request for a logo for the upcoming meeting in the East Andheri region, the first such competition since Thackeray’s government was canceled in June.

Eknath Shinde, who became Minister after the BJP-backed Sena mutiny, has a majority of party lawmakers on his side in parliament and Parliament. His faction even tried to get his members recognized as leader Shiv Sena.

But Uddhav Thackeray, who is still technically the party’s head, told the council that the Shinde camp legislators should not be counted because a disqualification claim against them was before the Supreme Court. high.

He is now collecting affidavits of support from party members – the goal is more than 50,000 – to keep the party that his father, Bal Thackeray, founded more than 50 years ago. Mr Shinde also declared Bal Thackeray a “true legacy of Hindutva”.

A court battle is ongoing over whether the anti-defection law can unmask Mr. Shinde and his MLAs. In that respect, they have two-thirds of the party’s legislators to avoid disqualification.

But the Electoral Commission also looks at the support of party units – hence, affidavits.

The Shinde faction’s request for the symbol was primarily seen as an attempt to deny it to the Thackeray group, and thus keep it in range until a final decision on the “real” Sena is made.

Its immediate target was November 3, during which Team Thackeray found Rutuja Latke, the widow of Ramesh Latke, who needed an election.

Team Shinde is supporting the BJP ally’s candidate, Murji Patel, a city warden.

The National Assembly and the NCP decided to support the candidate of the Thackeray faction, their partner in Maha Vikas Aghadi born after Mr Thackeray parted with the BJP “on leadership issues” following the 2018 poll.

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