On Sunday he presented to the Electoral Commission (EC) his three options of trident, rising sun or mashaal for his poll symbol.
On Saturday, the EC had excluded Shiv Sena’s factions led by the former prime minister
and features Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde from using the party name and its “bow and arrow” election symbol in the Andheri Eastern Assembly poll scheduled for November 3.
In a provisional ordinance on the claims of rival factions for control of the organization, the commission asked them to suggest three different name choices and also as many free symbols to assign to their respective groups by Monday.
Shiv Sena sends options for poll symbols and names
“The EC will now decide and award the symbol,” said Shiv Sena MP (Uddhav faction) Arvind Sawant. He asked for Trishul (trident) as the first choice of symbol, “rising sun” as the second option and “mashaal” as the third.
“Our group name is Shiv Sena, if EC gives any of the names related to Shiv Sena including ‘Shiv Sena (Balasaheb Thackeray)’, ‘Shiv Sena (Prabodhankar Thackeray)’ or ‘Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray)’ , that would be acceptable to us, ”Sawant added.
Sources state that “Shiv Sena (Balasaheb Thackeray)” is the first choice for the name and “Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray)” is the second choice.
40-headed Ravan grabbed Lord Ram’s bow and arrow: Uddhav Thackeray
He added that a 40-headed Ravan had seized Lord Ram’s bow and arrow. Referring to the MLAs who rebelled against him along with Shinde.
Shinde’s camp will be successful, says Fadnavis
Deputy Prime Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis On Sunday he said that the Shiv Sena faction led by CM Eknath Shinde “will be successful” when the EC makes a final decision on ownership over the party name and the electoral symbol.
“I think that when the ECI makes the final decision on the claims made by CM Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray about ownership of the Shiv Sena name and symbol, CM Shinde will be successful,” he added.
Kesarkar strikes at Thackeray’s camp
Maharashtra Minister Deepak Kesarkar struck Thackeray camp on Sunday, saying they were ready with alternative symbols when the ECI froze the party’s original symbol. “It seems that they (Thackeray’s camp) have no affection for the symbol of the bow and arrows,” he said.
“We have the majority since the top MLA and MPs are with the field led by CM Shinde. However, the ECI froze the symbol, but we will continue our battle … We haven’t even filed our affidavit before the ECI, because the majority was with us. We could file it tomorrow, “he added.
Surprising EC decision: NCP
The Nationalist Congress Party on Sunday said the Electoral Commission’s order on the use of the Shiv Sena party name and electoral symbol in an upcoming Assembly poll was surprising, but it doesn’t mean that the group led by Uddhav Thackeray was weak or demoralized.
The main spokesperson of the NCP Mahesh Tapas he said the decision of the Indian Electoral Commission to freeze the Shiv Sena symbol and the name of the party is surprising and painful. But it is not the final decision of the Commission.
“The camp led by Eknath Shinde (Sena) is not even contesting the by-elections, however the use of the party name and symbol has been limited. The freezing of the symbol does not mean that the Sena workers (led by Thackeray) have become weak or demoralized. The Shiv Sena (Thackeray faction) together with the NCP and Congress will fight the BJP hard, “he said.
“This election will be a one-on-one contest as the BJP has lined up its candidate against the Uddhav Thackeray camp candidate,” he said.
Mumbai police lodge case
Mumbai police filed a FIR against unidentified persons on fraud and forgery charges after recovering more than 4,500 affidavits prepared in support of the Shiv Sena faction led by Uddhav Thackeray, an official said Sunday.
Former Thane Mayor Naresh Mhaske, a spokesman for the Shinde faction, said Mumbai police found 4,682 “false” affidavits and recorded a criminal case against unidentified people based on a complaint.
He thanked the police and criticized the Thackeray-led faction for alleged neglect of filing affidavits before the Electoral Commission, in the wake of a dispute with the Shinde faction over the party’s poll symbol.
According to a police officer, the case was registered on Saturday at the Nirmal Nagar Police Station under sections 420 (deception) and 465 (falsification of the Indian Penal Code) after retrieving affidavits from a notary in which important details as the Aadhaar cards of Shiv Sena supporters were attached.
Aaditya Thackeray blames the “traitors” for the EC order
The “Khokewale” traitors committed this “shameless and cowardly act of freezing the Shiv Sena name and symbol,” he tweeted, adding that the people of Maharashtra would not tolerate it. “We will fight and win. We are on the side of the truth. Satyamev Jayate! “, he said in Marathi’s tweet.
Congress and the NCP have decided to support Ramesh Latke’s wife Rujuta Latkethe candidate of the Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena, their coalition partner in Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA).
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an ally of the Shinde faction, has decided to field Murji Patel, a corporator of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
(With input from agencies)