Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray faction on Sunday called an “injustice” the Electoral Commission’s order banning the party’s rival factions from using the party’s name and electoral symbol (bow and arrow) in the Andheri East assembly.
The Uddhav faction will propose three new symbol choices for the forthcoming Andheri East side poll. According to sources, Uddhav selected a trishul, a rising sun and a torch as three options.
Under the EC’s interim order, neither Uddhav Thackeray nor Eknath Shinde factions are allowed to use the party name and election symbol in the November 3 Mumbai by-election.
The commission asked her to come up with three suggested names for her groups and as many free icons by Monday, after which she will match the name and icon to both factions from the options submitted.
The November 3 poll in Andheri East constituency in suburban Mumbai is the first electoral test for the Thackeray group after the party’s split in June this year that toppled the Uddhav Thackeray-led government.
Interestingly, the upcoming competition is between the Thackay-led faction and the BJP. The Shinde group does not dispute.
The BJP, a Shinde faction ally, has decided to nominate Murji Patel, a corporator of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, for the by-election required following the death of incumbent Sena MLA Ramesh Latke.
Congress and the NCP have decided to support the late Latke’s wife, Rujuta Latke, the Thackeray faction candidate of the Shiv Sena, her coalition partner in Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA).
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