EC Asks Thackeray To Reply On Shinde Camp’s Claim Over Party Symbol; Ex-CM Goes Hard


Mumbai: As Election Commission (EC) on Friday wrote to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray seeking his response by tomorrow over the claim by the faction on the party’s ‘bow and arrow’ symbol, the former Maharasthra CM said that the coalition led by Eknath Shinde cannot claim the bow-an-arrow symbol as he and other MLAs in his camp had “voluntarily quit the party”.

In its letter to Uddhav Thackeray, EC said the Commission had on September 29 requested Thackeray to furnish written submissions along with the respective documents to support his claim by October 7, 2022.

“It may be recalled that the above timeline was given in the context of the exchange of documents supporting rival claims to be the real Shiv Sena from your side and that from Shinde for determination under Para 15 of the Symbols Order,” said the Commission.

“Though your reply is yet to be received, considering the fact that bye-election has been notified from 166-Andheri East Assembly Constituency, it is directed that you may furnish your comments along with requisite documents as requested by the Commission’s letter dated September 29, now, latest by 2:00 pm of October 8, 2022. In case no reply is received, the Commission will take appropriate action in the matter accordingly,” the Commission told Thackeray.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena today alleged that Eknath Shinde’s Dussehra rally was a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-backed event, and mocked him saying that he only “read out Modi-Shah Chalisa” during his speech.

It also dubbed the Shinde-led rebel faction as a “duplicate Shiv Sena”.

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