By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 23, Jul 2022, 16:36 pm IST | UPDATED: 23, Jul 2022, 16:37 pm IST
New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday (July 23, 2022) asked the rival factions of the Shiv Sena, led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde, to submit documents in support of their claims on the election symbol of the political outfit by proving that they have the majority members in the Shiv Sena. The ECI also sent to the Thackeray camp the letter written to them (EC) by the Shinde faction and Thackeray camp`s letter to the Shinde faction and sought replies from both the camps by August 8.
Sources in ECI informed that the two sides have been asked to submit documents, including letters of support from the legislative and organisational wings of the party and the written statements of the rival factions. They said the requirement were made in line with the Paragraph 15 of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968.
Earlier this week, the Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena had written to the Commission seeking allocation of the party's 'bow and arrow' election symbol to it, citing the recognition granted to them in the Lok Sabha and the Maharashtra Assembly.
The Shiv Sena split last month when more than two-thirds of the party's MLAs withdrew their support from the Maharashtra government led by Uddhav Thackeray, throwing their lot with Shinde.
Shinde was sworn in as Maharashtra Chief Minister on June 30 with support of the BJP.
On Tuesday last, at least 12 of the 18 Shiv Sena members in the Lok Sabha expressed ‘no confidence' in floor leader Vinayak Raut and declared Rahul Shewale as their floor leader.
Lok Sabha Speaker recognised Shewale as the leader the same day.
To ensure that neither faction is deprived of information, the poll panel has also directed exchange of documents submitted by the two groups over the past two days.
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