The Election Commission recognized the faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde as the real Shiv Sena and allocated it the bow and arrow symbol. In the order, the Election Commission informed that 40 MLAs backing Shinde got nearly 76% of the votes polled in favor of the 55 Shiv Sena candidates who had won their seats in the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly polls.
On the other hand, the Uddhav Thackeray faction’s 15 MLAs got 23.5% of the votes polled, the three-member poll body said in a unanimous order. Meanwhile, 13 MPs of the Shinde faction got 73% of the total votes cast in Shiv Sena’s favor in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, while only 27% of the votes went to MPs from the Thackeray camp.
Eknath Shinde-led Sena Faction Gets ‘Bow and Arrow’ Symbol- Key Points
- The party had split in June after Eknath Shinde and a group of party MLAs rebelled against the former Maharashtra government – a coalition of the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party, and the Congress.
- After more than a week of political depression, the coalition was ousted from power as the Thackeray faction was reduced to a minority in the state Assembly.
- Shinde was sworn in as the chief minister of Maharashtra on June 30, while the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Devendra Fadnavis took oath as his deputy.
- The two factions, led by Thackeray and Shinde had approached the poll body seeking to be recognized as the real Shiv Sena.
- In an interim decision, the Election Commission had said that the Shinde will be called the Balasahebanchi Shivsena. The faction had chosen two swords and a shield as its interim symbol.
- In its order, the poll body informed that the interim name and symbol will be frozen. The Election Commission also allowed the Uddhav Thackeray faction to keep its interim symbol – the flaming torch – till the completion of the assembly by-polls in the state.