Supreme Court agrees to hear Uddhav Thackeray’s plea against Election Commission decision from Wednesday

Apex Court to examine the award of Shiv Sena Party symbol to the Shinde faction

Apex Court to examine the award of Shiv Sena Party symbol to the Shinde faction
Apex Court to examine the award of Shiv Sena Party symbol to the Shinde faction

The Shiv Sena symbol war has now reached the Apex Court

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Wednesday the Uddhav Thackeray faction’s plea challenging the decision of the Election Commission recognizing the Eknath Shinde faction as the real Shiv Sena and ordering allotment of the party’s original ‘bow and arrow‘ poll symbol to it. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Thackeray faction, mentioned the matter before a bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices Krishna Murari and P S Narasimha on Tuesday.

“If the EC order is not stayed, then they will take over the symbol and the bank accounts. Please list it tomorrow before the Constitution bench,” Sibal requested the court. The top court said it needs to go through the case files and posted the matter for hearing at 3:30 pm on Wednesday. The plea filed by the Thackeray camp stated the points raised in the petition have a direct bearing on the issues which are being considered by the SC’s constitution bench.

The petition contended the poll panel erred in holding that disqualification under the Tenth Schedule and proceedings under the Symbols Order operate in different spheres and that disqualification of MLAs is not based on cessation of membership of a political party. It also submitted that the Election Commission has erred in holding that there was a split in the Shiv Sena. In the absence of any pleadings and evidence that there was a split in a political party, the finding of the ECI is completely erroneous on this ground, said the plea filed by Uddhav Thackeray.

The petition said the Thackeray faction has an overwhelming majority in the Pratinidhi Sabha, which is the apex body representing the wishes of the primary members and other stakeholders of the party.

The plea said the poll panel has acted in a “biased and unfair manner”. It is submitted that the ECI has failed to discharge its duties as a neutral arbiter of disputes under para 15 of the symbols order and has acted in a manner undermining its constitutional status, the petition alleged.

The poll panel had on Friday recognized the Eknath Shinde-faction as the real Shiv Sena and ordered allotment of the bow and arrow election symbol of the undivided party founded by the late Balasaheb Thackeray to it. In a 78-page order on the protracted battle for control of the organization, the Commission allowed the Uddhav Thackeray faction to keep the ‘flaming torch‘ poll symbol allotted to it till the completion of the assembly by-polls in the State.

The Commission said the MLAs backing Shinde got nearly 76 percent of votes polled in favour of the 55 winning Shiv Sena candidates in the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections. The MLAs in the Uddhav Thackeray camp got 23.5 percent of the votes polled in favour of the winning Shiv Sena candidates, the three-member Commission said.

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  1. There is split in SS, with 40 out of 56 and 13 out of 18 wanting a change in leadership and if that is established beyond doubt everything else a waste of time, unless these elected legislators are bonded labor for five years. If any of the legislators have taken money for switching sides they should be investigated, why waste time only to the benefit of lawyers at the cost of crores of litigants waiting for justice for years for want of resources to pay the hefty fees.


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