The Election Commission on Monday allotted ‘flaming torch’ (mashaal) election image to the Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena, rejecting their assert to the ‘Trishul’ citing religious connotation.
In an get on the dispute in the Shiv Sena, the Election Fee allotted ‘ShivSena – Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray’ as the bash identify for the Thackeray faction, and ‘Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena’ (Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena) as the name for the Eknath Shinde team of the occasion.
The Commission also questioned the Shinde faction to submit a new listing of a few symbols by 10 am on Tuesday.
The Thackeray faction welcomed the Fee order and commenced publicising its new identify and image on the party’s social media handles.
“We are pleased that the a few names that matter to us most ? Uddhav ji, Balasaheb and Thackeray – are retained in the new title,” Thackeray loyalist and former Maharashtra minister Bhaskar Jadhav claimed.
Previously Monday, the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction had approached the Delhi Significant Court docket trying to find quashing of the Oct 8 Election Commission order freezing the party identify and election symbol of ‘bow and arrow’.
The EC had said the interim get will keep on “till the last willpower of the dispute”.
Since, the final day for filing nominations for the November 3 by-election in the Andheri East Assembly seat is October 14, if the two factions determine to contest they will have to use the new symbols.
The Commission also turned down ‘Trishul’ (trident) and rising ‘Gada’ (mace) as election symbols claimed by the two factions of the Shiv Sena, citing their spiritual connotation.
It also pointed out that the ‘Rising Sun’ election symbol sought by both factions was reserved for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar is learnt to have taken a hard stand against the allocation of symbols with religious connotations to political parties.
The Commission famous that the ‘flaming torch’ image was before allotted to the Samata Celebration, which was derecognised in 2004. The Commission explained it had decided to checklist the ‘flaming torch’ as a ‘free symbol’ next the ask for from the Thackeray faction.
The rival factions of Shiv Sena experienced both of those claimed ‘Trishul’ and ‘Rising Sun’ as election symbols. The rival factions had also outlined ‘Shiv Sena – Balasaheb Thackeray’ as their initially choice for the bash title.
Crew Thackeray leaders Vinayak Raut and Anil Desai had been confabulating with attorneys in the national cash on the party’s lawful methods as the Delhi Substantial Courtroom was probably to list the petition hard the freezing of get together name and symbol for listening to later on this 7 days.
The Fee had barred each the factions from making use of the name ‘Shiv Sena’ and the election symbol ‘bow and arrow’ in buy to position the rival groups on an even keel and to safeguard their legal rights and interests in advance of the Andheri East assembly bypolls.
Shinde had rebelled in opposition to Thackeray’s management, proclaiming the guidance of 40 of the Shiv Sena’s 55 MLAs and 12 of its 18 members in the Lok Sabha.
Subsequent Thackeray’s resignation as main minister of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition, Shinde turned chief minister with the support of the BJP.