The Electoral Commission (EC) on Tuesday assigned the Shiv Sena faction led by Eknath Shinde the ‘shield and sword’ electoral symbol, a day after the electoral body asked the camp to submit new symbols.
The Shinde faction emailed new symbols to the Electoral Commission earlier in the day. Symbols included a conch shell, an auto rickshaw, a man blowing a trumpet, the sun, a shield and sword, and a proscenium tree.
On Monday, the EC announced that the Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction will use the name “Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena” (Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena), while the Uddhav Thackeray-led camp will change to “Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray “ will call Andheri East bypoll. The Uddhav faction was given a “flaming torch” (Mashaal) as its poll icon.
On Monday, the EK declined to assign the Trishul, Rising Sun, and Gada symbols to the two factions because they are “not in the free symbols list,” and asked that the Shinde camp be allowed to do so until then three new symbols to submit today. Team Shinde had previously suggested “rising sun” and “trident” as their poll symbols along with “mace” (gada).
On Saturday, the EC banned both Shiv Sena factions from using the party name and their election symbol in the November 3 parliamentary session in Andheri East. In an injunction over rival factions’ claims to control of the organization, the commission asked them to propose three different name choices and as many free icons to be assigned to their respective groups by Monday.
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.
Andheri East’s side poll is the first to take place after Shinde and the BJP ousted the MVA government.
(With PTI inputs)
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