EC allots new names for Uddhav Thackeray, Shinde factions; rejects alternative party symbols proposed by Shinde camp

Uddhav’s faction known as ‘Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray)’; Shinde faction is called ‘Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena’

Uddhav’s faction known as ‘Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray)’; Shinde faction is called ‘Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena’

The Election Commission on Monday assigned new party names to the rival Shiv Sena factions led by Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, but rejected all proposed alternatives to the party symbol submitted by the Shinde camp. while giving the mashal (torch) symbol to the Thackeray group.

According to sources, the EC, who has frozen the name of the party as well as the bow and arrow symbol of Shiv Sena as an interim measure, it has now decided that the Uddhav Thackeray faction would be called the ‘Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray)’ while the Shinde faction would be known as ‘Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena. ‘

The polling station has asked the Shinde camp to submit three new alternatives to party symbols by Tuesday at the latest. Shinde camp spokesman Naresh Mhaske said they would consider new alternatives to be presented to the EC on Tuesday morning.

Earlier in the day, the Shinde faction had submitted three alternative party names and symbols to the EC, with one name and two of the symbols being the same as those used by Mr. Thackeray have been submitted.

The Shinde faction’s proposed alternative party names were the Shivsena (Balasaheb Thackeray), ‘Balasaheb’s Shivsena’ and the ‘Shivsena of Balasaheb’. Their three proposed symbols – which the EC rejected – were the trishul (trident), the ‘rising sun’ and ‘the mace’.

however, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena has already suggested Shivsena (Balasaheb Thackeray) as its alternate name, suggesting “the trident” and “rising sun” as two of their three symbols. (their third option is the torch they finally secured)

Claims of ‘victory of sorts’

Nevertheless, the Thackeray camp claimed the EC’s decision was a kind of victory, with Uddhav faction leader Bhaskar Jadhav noting that both Uddhav you and Balasaheb’s name was part of their new party name, proving that Mr. Uddhav Thackeray was the true legatee of Bal Thackeray’s ideals.

Also the Shinde camp expressed satisfaction that the new party name – Shiv Sena of Balasaheb – underlined that they had the blessings of Bal Thackeray and that their faction was the ideals of the Sena founder.

Meanwhile, imprisoned Sena MP and Uddhav loyalist Sanjay Raut noted that “a new symbol would bring a new revolution for the party”.

Mr Raut, who was summoned to court for the extension of his detention, said that a new symbol could enhance the celebration and that although the name and symbol of the party would be new, the outfit still represents the Shiv Sena of would be in the past.

He said the freezing of the party symbol was not a new event and that such an event had already happened three times with the Congress – the ally of the Uddhav faction in the Maha Vikas Aghadi Coalition.

“It has happened three times, including in the time of Indira Gandhi and it has also happened with the Janata party,” said Mr. raut.

The Thackeray faction had previously… moved the Delhi Supreme Court challenge the election commission’s decision to freeze the symbol and name of the Shiv Sena party.

The plea alleged that the EC froze the symbol under “false fears” as no Shinde faction candidate will contest the upcoming Andheri election.

excavation of Fadnavis

Stock up on Mr. Thackeray and his faction, BJP leader and… Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Uddhav faction’s “whining” is “entirely political” and that it had become fashionable to attack institutions when they did not get a favorable decision from them.

“Even now the EC has not made a final decision on which faction will eventually have the Sena’s original bow and arrow symbol and it is noted that when the Thackeray faction has a weak case, it starts attacking institutions. This is the norm for parties like Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and Congress. For example, if the Supreme Court gives them a favorable ruling, then it is a good institution, otherwise it is biased,” said Mr. Fadnavis.

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