ECI Gives Time To Uddhav Thackeray Eknath Shinde To Submit Documents Over Shiv Sena Party Name And Symbol Issue

Shiv Sena Name and Symbol Row: On Tuesday (November 15),...

Shiv Sena Name and Symbol Row: On Tuesday (November 15), the Delhi High Court dismissed former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s petition regarding the name and symbol of the Shiv Sena party. After the Election Commission (ECI) has given him and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde time to submit documents related to his claim.

The Election Commission has asked to submit the documents to be claimed regarding the name and symbol (bow and arrow) of Shiv Sena. The Election Commission has asked Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde to submit the documents by November 23.

The commission had imposed an interim stay last month

The Election Commission had last month (October 8) put an interim stay on the use of Shiv Sena’s name and election symbol by either Thackeray or Shinde. The Commission had imposed this ban in view of the by-elections to the Andheri East assembly seat in Maharashtra and had allotted alternate names and symbols to both the factions. The Thackeray faction was allotted the alternate name ‘Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray)’ and election symbol torch for the party, while the Shinde faction was given the party name ‘Balasahebchi Shiv Sena’ and the election symbol ‘two swords and a shield’.

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What did the Delhi High Court say?

Uddhav Thackeray had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court against the interim ban imposed by the Commission regarding the use of Shiv Sena’s name and election symbol. While hearing the same matter, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed Thackeray’s petition and asked the Election Commission to take a decision at the earliest. Justice Sanjay Narula said it would be in the interest of both the Shiv Sena factions and the general public that the Election Commission’s proceedings on the matter end soon.

Lok Janshakti Party controversy

Similarly, the Election Commission has called Chirag Paswan and Pashupati Kumar for a hearing on November 29 regarding the Lok Janshakti Party’s election symbol dispute. There is a dispute over the party’s election symbol ‘Bungalow’. In October 2021, the Election Commission had imposed an interim ban on both the groups for using LJP’s election symbol Bungalow. The commission had said that the interim stay will continue till the dispute is resolved on its behalf.

In a letter sent on Saturday (November 12), the Election Commission said that it has decided to hear the side of the Chirag Paswan and Pashupati Kumar factions on November 29 in the election house of the headquarters. The commission also said in the letter that both the factions can submit any new document regarding the claim till November 28 and share its copy among themselves.

These names were allotted to Chirag-Pashupati

Please tell that Chirag Paswan’s faction is currently known as Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) and Pashupati Kumar Paras’s faction is known as Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party. Pashupati Kumar Paras is Chirag’s uncle. Chirag’s faction got the election symbol helicopter and Pashupati Kumar was allotted election symbol sewing machine.

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