Last week, the Election Commission banned rival factions of Shiv Sena from using the party’s name and the ‘bow-arrow’ symbol. Due to this, the resolution of the ongoing dispute over the ‘Asal Shiv Sena’ was hanging. Earlier this week, the commission had allotted the name ‘Shiv Sena-Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray’ and ‘Mashaal’ election symbol to the Uddhav faction. At the same time, the Shinde group was given the name ‘Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena’ and the symbol ‘two swords and one shield’.
Uddhav faction made allegations
Singh, the counsel for the Uddhav faction, argued that the Election Commission did not give enough time to the party to file its reply after the Shinde group claimed the ‘bow-arrow’ symbol for the Andheri East seat in Maharashtra. . The Uddhav faction also alleged that the Commission had uploaded its letter on the Election Commission’s website regarding the choice of symbol and party name, which benefitted the rival faction.
‘EC has benefited Shinde faction’
He said that if the Commission had not publicly shared the special letter received from us on its website, this would not have happened. Using this unilateral and unfair action, the petitioner has ensured that his preferences regarding name and mark do not lead to the respondent getting the name and mark of his first choice.
Singh said the commission’s letter regarding the allotment of the ‘torch’ symbol to the Uddhav faction did not have a picture of it, while the letter sent to the Shinde group contained a larger picture of the ‘two swords and one shield’ election symbol given to it. He said that this move was once again giving undue advantage to the petitioner.
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