Election Commission had asked Team Thackeray to respond to assert with the aid of Eknath Shinde for assembly bypoll in Andheri East segment
In the fight for who receives the Shiv Sena — birthday celebration call, image and all — former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray today advised the Election Commission that the faction led by Eknath Shinde can not declare the bow-an-arrow symbol as he and other MLAs in his camp had “voluntarily quit the birthday celebration”.
The commission had requested Team Thackeray to reply to the claim by way of Eknath Shinde on the symbol for the approaching assembly bypoll in Andheri East phase, the primary such contest because Thackeray authorities turned into unseated in June.
Eknath Shinde, who became Chief Minister after the Sena mutiny sponsored by means of the BJP, has majority of the birthday celebration’s legislators on his facet in the meeting and Parliament. His faction has even managed to get its members acknowledged as the Shiv Sena leaders.
But Uddhav Thackeray, who technically remains the birthday party leader, has advised the panel that the Shinde camp’s legislators ought to now not depend due to the fact a disqualification plea in opposition to them is before the Supreme Court.
He is now gathering affidavits of guide from party individuals — the target is over 5 lakh — to hold directly to the birthday celebration his father, Bal Thackeray, founded over 50 years ago. Mr Shinde, too, claims Bal Thackeray’s “authentic legacy of Hindutva”.
A court docket conflict is on over whether the anti-defection regulation can u.S.A. Mr Shinde and his MLAs. On the face of it, they’ve the 2-1/3 energy among party legislators to avoid disqualification.
But the Election Commission looks at the guide of birthday celebration gadgets, too — for this reason, the affidavits.
The Shinde faction’s claim to the symbol changed into in the main visible as a bid to deny it to the Thackeray institution, and accordingly preserve it in abeyance until a very last decision at the “actual” Sena is taken.
Its immediate target is the November three bypoll, for which Team Thackeray has fielded Rutuja Latke, widow of Ramesh Latke whose loss of life necessitated the election.
Team Shinde is backing the candidate of best friend BJP, Murji Patel, a municipal corporator.
The Congress and the NCP have decided to support the candidate of the Thackeray faction, their companion in the Maha Vikas Aghadi that had come into being after Mr Thackeray broke up with the BJP “over leadership troubles” after the 2018 polls.