EC freezes Shiv Sena’s ‘bow & arrow’ symbol ahead of bypoll
Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena is likely to move the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the Election Commission’s decision to freeze the party’s poll symbol.
The EC had barred both the factions – the Thackeray and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde from using the party name for the next month’s bypoll. The EC also asked them to suggest three different name choices and as many free symbols for allocation to their respective groups by Monday.
The Thackeray group on Sunday submitted three symbols– a trident, burning torch (Mashaal), and rising Sun- to the Election Commission and as many alternative names for the party to finalize one of them.
Uddhav Thackeray in his virtual address said that the EC’s decision is “unjust”. He added, “I appeal to the ECI to finalize a symbol and name for my party at the earliest because we have to go to the people and face the bye-election. I was shocked by the decision of the ECI, but my confidence is not shaken, and also my faith in Sena supporters.”
In its interim order on Saturday, the EC barred both factions from using the party name and its election symbol ‘bow and arrow in the byelection to the Andheri East Assembly seat in Mumbai scheduled on November 3.
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