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EC bars Uddhav Thackeray, Eknath Shinde from using Shiv Sena name or poll symbol | India News


NEW DELHI: Election Commission (EC) on Saturday banned both Uddhav By Thackeray Shiv Sena and the rebel group led by Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde from the use of the party’s name or the ‘bow and arrow’ voting symbol in the upcoming elections in East Andheri on 3 November.

The decision came four months after Shinde split from Shiv Sena and affiliated with the BJP to replace Uddhav as prime minister. The new CM quickly launched a campaign to reclaim the legacy of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray as well as the party’s name and voting symbol.

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Select new symbols and names by October 10: EC
In an interim order over the ongoing factional feud within the party, the EC said: “Both groups will also be allocated different symbols as they can choose from a list of free icons set by the Commission. Elections inform the purpose of the current ballots. Accordingly, both groups are instructed to provide details by 1:00 p.m. on October 10.”
“Both groups will be known by names as they may choose, including, if they wish, affiliation with their mother party Shiv Sena,” the order states.

The EC said the temporary order was adopted to “put both groups of opponents together and to protect their rights and interests”.
The Order was passed while considering Shinde’s application to officially recognize his faction as the official Shiv Sena under the Electoral Emblem Order, 1968.

On September 27, a Supreme Court Draft Constitution rejected the Uddhav group’s plea to seek to resume proceedings before the EC initiated by Shinde.
Legacy Battle
Both leaders staged separate Dussehra protests in Mumbai recently in which Uddhav called Shinde a “traitor”, while the latter attempted to portray himself as the leader of the ‘real Shiv Sena’ the’.

“Here [Shiv Sena] not yours [Uddhav Thackeray] private limited liability company. Shiv Sena belongs to the shiv-sainiks who sweated for it. Not for people like you who have partnered and sold it. Friend [Uddhav] Shinde said.
Shiv Sena ‘shocked’
Shortly after the EC issued the temporary order, MP Anil Desai of Shiv Sena said the decision was a “shock”. “We expected the EC to carefully review all submitted documents before making a decision. The decision was made by mail within hours,” he said.

Recalling the sentiment, Shiv sena leader Chandrakant Khaire said: “We are sad and angry with this decision. Shiv sainiks are angry because the party founded by Bal Thackeray has been attacked by a traitor.”
However, Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab said the party was expecting such a decision. “We will be submitting the choices of name and symbol to the EC. We have been looking forward to this decision. We will win the Andheri East seat.”
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 Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi.
(With input from agencies)

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