This comes a day after the Election Commission (EC) temporarily banned rival groups led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde from using the name Shiv Sena or the “bow and arrow” electoral symbol.
“The C will now decide and assign the symbol,” said MP Arvind Sawant from Shiv Sena (Uddhav faction).
The poll panel had given Uddhav and Shinde’s group time until October 10 to each give three choices for the poll symbol and three choices for a new name to be used in the upcoming East Andheri sub-poll. On November 3.
The East Andheri by-election is scheduled for November 3, and the electoral panel gave the Uddhav and Shinde groups until October 10 to submit three proposals, each for the poll symbol and for a new name. .
The secondary vote for the Andheri East Assembly seat in suburban Mumbai has been necessitated by the death of incumbent Sena MLA Ramesh Latke.
The Congress and the NCP have decided to support Ramesh Latke’s wife, Rujuta Latke, the candidate of the Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena, his coalition partner in Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA).
While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an ally of the Shinde faction, has decided to present Murji Patel, a corporate member of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
“The name of our party is Shiv Sena, if EC gives any of the names related to Shiv Sena, including ‘Shiv Sena (Balasaheb Thackeray)’, ‘Shiv Sena (Prabodhankar Thackeray)’ or ‘Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray)’ , that would be acceptable to us,” Sawant said.
According to sources, “Shiv Sena (Balasaheb Thackeray)” is the preferred name, with “Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray)” coming second. Trishul (the trident) was requested as the main symbol, followed by the rising sun and “mashaal” as the third option.
Following a disagreement between the warring factions, one led by Uddhav Thackeray and the other by Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, the Election Commission (EC) temporarily suspended the name Shiv Sena and its “bow and arrow” symbol on Saturday.
The directive came four months after Eknath Shinde and his followers openly rebelled against the Shiv Sena, joining forces with the BJP to create a new government with Shinde as prime minister.
The new CM immediately launched a campaign to recover Bal Thackeray’s heritage, the party’s name and electoral symbol.
The interim EC order was approved while considering a petition submitted by Shinde for official recognition of his faction as the official Shiv Sena under the Electoral Symbols Order of 1968.
On September 27, a Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court had rejected an argument presented by the
The Uddhav group requests the suspension of the proceedings before the C initiated by Shinde.