Uddhav Thackeray Faction Moves SC Over Eknath Shinde’s Claim On Shiv Sena, Its Symbol

New Delhi: The Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena has moved the Supreme Court against the proceedings of the Election Commission on the plea filed by the Eknath Shinde led group for their recognition as the real Shiv Sena, reported news agency PTI. The development assumes significance as recently the poll panel has asked the rival factions of the Shiv Sena led by Thackeray and Shinde to submit documents by August 8 in support of their claims on the election symbol — bow and arrow — of the political outfit.

As per the report quoting sources from the poll panel, both the factions have been asked to submit documents, including letters of support from the legislative and organisational wings of the party and the written statements of rival factions.

The fresh plea has been filed in a pending petition by Subhash Desai, the general secretary of the Shiv Sena and seeks the nod of the top court to make the poll panel also a party.

The Thackeray faction has also written to the election commission requesting it to not go ahead with the plea of Shinde faction in view of the pendency of a batch of petitions in the top court.

Thackeray’s plea termed the plea filed by Shinde faction to get the party symbol and tag of the real Shiv Sena as an act of “desperation”. 

The Thackeray group filed representation before the EC last week after the Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena had written to the Commission seeking allocation of the party’s ‘bow and arrow’ election symbol to it, citing the recognition granted to them in the Lok Sabha and the Maharashtra Assembly.

The top court on July 20 had said the petitions filed by the Shiv Sena and its rebel MLAs during the recent Maharashtra political crisis raised constitutional issues including split, the merger of a political party, defection, and disqualification which may require consideration by a larger bench.