Sena vs. Sena Snowballs as Shinde files a reservation on Uddhav’s HC plea to overturn the EC order via bow and arrow

In a new round of Sena vs. Sena, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde filed a reservation in the Delhi High Court on Monday against a petition by his predecessor, Uddhav Thackeray, aimed at overturning the EC injunction to freeze the “Arrow and Bow” choice to be overridden by Shiv Sena Icon.

The Supreme Court is likely to hear the matter on Wednesday, October 12, although the Thackay faction has not yet addressed flaws in their pleading.

Earlier in the day, the Shinde group had officially submitted to the EK a list of poll symbols – ‘rising sun’, ‘trident’ and ‘club’. The Thackay-led faction presented its list of symbols and party names on Sunday. The decision of the election committee is still pending for both.

Earlier in the day, Thackeray approached the Delhi HC to overturn the Indian Electoral Commission’s order to freeze the party name Shiv Sena and its electoral symbol “bow and arrow”. On Saturday, the electoral body had banned either Sena faction from using the party name and its electoral symbol in the upcoming Andheri East by-election. Both camps will fight the November 3 by-election, which will be their first campaign after the Thackeray-led MVA government collapsed after Shinde’s large-scale rebellion.

In his petition, Thackeray, who had publicly called the EC’s order an “injustice”, claimed that in total breach of the principles of natural justice and without allowing the parties to be heard and without giving them an opportunity to present evidence, happened.

In the EC’s injunction, issued after contesting rival factions’ claims of majority support in the Sena’s legislative and organizational wings, the commission asked them to submit three different name choices and also three free symbols by Monday to assign to their respective suggest groups. Both camps have officially submitted naming and symbol choices. The polling panel will now examine whether the symbols chosen by the two factions conflict with each other or whether they have already been used or previously blocked.

Thackeray’s petition, which has also made ECI and Maharashtra CM parties, called for the repeal of the ECI regulation and, alternatively, for instructions to consider and allocate Thackeray’s proposed symbol, without restricting the symbol’s selection from the free symbols list of the communicated to the Commission.

“Since by-elections have been announced in Maharashtra State for Constituency 166-Andheri East, for which the latest nomination date is October 14, 2022, and the election date is November 3, severe harm is being done to the petitioner (Thackeray) and his party , if the contested decision is not suspended,” the complaint reads.

(With PTI inputs)

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