Sena vs. Sena Updates: The Nov. 3 side poll in Andheri (East) has become the latest focus in the infighting between the two Shiv-Sena factions as both claim they are “real” Sena. However, the Indian Electoral Commission refrained from using Shiv Sena and his original “bow and arrow” symbol in the sub-poll and assigned them new names and symbols for the sub-poll.
Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray, former Prime Minister of Maharashtra, challenged the ECI decision in the Delhi High Court, claiming it was in complete violation of the principles of natural law and without granting the parties a hearing and without giving them an opportunity to present evidence to lead. The Eknath Shinde-led faction lodged a reservation with the Delhi High Court against a petition submitted by the Uddhav camp. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the matter on Wednesday, October 12.
Here are the latest updates in the Sena vs. Sena series:
- The Shinde faction filed a reservation against Delhi HC at the opposing camp’s plea.
- The Uddhav camp appealed to the Delhi High Court, claiming that the freezing of the symbol was based on legal belief and wrong, as the petitioner’s preliminary response to ECI clearly shows that the petition there was unsustainable at the behest of Shinde.
- The Shiv Sena faction led by Eknath Shinde will use the name “Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena” (Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena), while the camp led by Uddhav Thackeray will call itself “Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray” for the November 3 by-election.
- The Uddhav camp was allotted the ‘burning torch’ (mashaal) as their voting symbol, while the Shinde faction was asked to submit three new symbols by October 11th.
- Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, a defendant in a money laundering case, said a new election symbol for the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction could spark a “major revolution” in the coming days.
- The uddhav camp had submitted three names to the EC for approval – “Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray”, “Shiv Sena Balasaheb Prabodhankar Thackeray” and “Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray”. The poll symbols submitted were a “rising sun,” a “flaming torch” (Mashaal), and a “trident” (Trishul). Team Shinde also suggested “rising sun” and “trident” as their poll symbols along with “mace” (gada).
- The EBI’s October 8 injunction banned the two Shiv Sena factions led by Uddhav Thackeray and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde from using the party’s name and electoral symbol at the Andheri East assembly. It also asked them to propose three different name choices and also three free symbols for assignment to their respective groups by Monday.
- Andheri East’s side poll is the first to take place after Shinde and the BJP ousted the MVA government.
- Both factions held parallel Dussehra rallies, at which Shinde and Thackeray accused each other of treason.
- The dispute between Sena and Sena began when Shinde raised a banner of revolt against Uddhav in June, accusing him of forming an “unnatural alliance” with Congress and the NCP by embracing Bal Thackeray’s ideologies. Over 40 of Shiv Sena’s 55 MLAs had supported Shinde and forced Uddhav’s resignation.
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