The Constitution Bench will hear the election symbol matter before the Election Commission. The Supreme Court ordered the Election Commission not to take any action till Thursday. Before the hearing, former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray had said that what will happen in the court will be seen. Thackeray had said that he has full faith in the judiciary.
Eknath Shinde has raised many constitutional questions related to defection, merger and disqualification in the Supreme Court. Chief Justice N. A bench headed by V. Ramana on Thursday ordered listing of the petitions before the Constitution Bench. It also directed the Election Commission not to pass any order on the Shinde faction’s plea in which the Shinde faction had said that it should be treated as the real Shiv Sena and given the party’s election symbol.
A bench of Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli said, “List the matter before the Constitution Bench on Thursday and the Bench will initially decide on the election symbol related to the proceedings of the Election Commission.”
Shinde had laid claim on Shiv Sena
After forming the new government in Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde had staked claim on Shiv Sena. He had demanded from the Election Commission that his camp be recognized as the real Shiv Sena. Along with this, the party’s election symbol arrow and bow should also be allotted to them.
Against this the Uddhav faction had filed a petition in the Supreme Court. Both the groups are face to face on this issue. Apart from this, the matter of disqualification of MLAs is also pending in the Supreme Court. Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde, adopting a rebellious attitude, broke several MLAs of the party and formed the government with the BJP.
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