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Thackery vs Shinde: EC bars both camps from using Shiv Sena name, symbol


The Election Commission on Saturday approved an interim order in which it banned both Shiv Sena factions led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde from using the party’s name and emblem in the Andheri East congress vote. .

“Both groups will also be allocated different symbols as they can choose from a list of free symbols announced by the Election Commission for the purposes of the current bye election,” the EC said. .

The committee directed both groups to provide, by 1:00 p.m. on October 10, their group name and designation choices that may be allocated to them.

The committee can allocate names and symbols to both factions from the options submitted.

The interim order was issued on Saturday at the request of the Shinde faction asking it to be allocated the symbol as the time for the East Andheri conference approaches.

Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday ordered the Election Commission to ban rival factions of the party from using party names and electoral symbols as “unjust”.

Ambadas Danve, Opposition Leader in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, who has allegiance to Thackeray group, said: “This is unfair,” he told the news agency. PTI.

Following the EC’s order, Aditya Thackeray in a tweet wrote, “Today’s boxed traitors have committed the despicable and shameless act of freezing Shiv Sena’s name and emblem. The people of Maharashtra will not accept this. Will fight and win! We stand for the truth! Satyamev Jayate. “

Rival factions approached the Commission following a split in the ranks of Shiv Sena in June, claiming to be the ‘real Shiv Sena’.

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 the EC to seek the allocation of the bow and arrow symbol in the Andheri East council by-election announced on Friday.

The Thackeray faction submitted its response to the claim on Saturday and has sought an additional four weeks to dig into documents submitted by the opponents.

The commission said the interim order was needed to address statutory gaps created by the schedule of bye elections announced on October 3.

Accordingly, in order to put both rival groups together and protect their rights and interests and take precedence, the Commission said that neither group is allowed to use the name of the Shiv Sena party.

“Both groups will be known by such names as they can choose for their respective groups, including, if they wish, to associate with their parent side ‘Shivsena’,” it said.

The EC said the interim order would continue and “until a final decision on the dispute is made”.

The last day to submit nominations for the November 3 advance is October 14.

The Shinde faction’s refreshing claim of the ‘bow and arrow’ electoral symbol was seen as an attempt to deny its use by the Thackeray group, which decided to include Rutuja Latke, widow of MLA Ramesh Latke, as a letter. temporary.

The BJP, an ally of the Shinde faction, decided to want Murji Patel, a bodyguard of the Brihanmumbai City Corporation, for necessity due to the death of Ramesh Latke.

The National Assembly and the NCP have decided to support the Thackeray faction’s candidacy of Shiv Sena, their coalition partner in the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA).

The interim order was issued after the Commission, headed by Chief Election Commission Rajiv Kumar, opened the net this afternoon.

The Andheri East bypoll is the first after Shinde and the BJP toppled the MVA government in June, and is seen by political analysts as a premise to address Shinde and Thackeray’s claims as the “real Shiv Sena. “

(With input from PTI)

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