Shinde-led Shiv Sena now “Balasahebchi Shiv Sena” while Uddhav Thackeray-led party calls themselves “Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray”

The Election Commission of India (ECI) made this decision on Monday. The Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena side will go by the name “Balasahebchi Shiv Sena” (Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena), while the Uddhav Thackeray-led party would call themselves “Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray.”

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) made this decision on Monday. The Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena side will go by the name “Balasahebchi Shiv Sena” (Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena), while the Uddhav Thackeray-led party would call themselves “Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray.”

The “blazing torch” (Mashaal) has been designated as the election symbol for the Uddhav camp, while the Maharashtra CM-led faction has been requested to submit three new symbols by tomorrow, October 11.

Two days after the election commission had frozen the Shiv Sena’s initial “bow and arrow” symbol, both factions submitted alternate names and symbols to the EC. In a letter sent to both camps on Monday, the polling panel denied assigning the symbols “Trishul,” “rising Sun,” and “Gada” because they “are not on the list of free symbols.”

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Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray, Shiv Sena Balasaheb Prabodhankar Thackeray, and Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray were the names that the Uddhav camp had presented to the EC for approval. The three submitted poll emblems were a “rising sun,” a “blazing torch” (Mashaal), and a “trident” (Trishul). Along with “mace,” Team Shinde also proposed the poll emblems “rising sun” and “trident.”

Meanwhile, Uddhav’s appeal to overturn the EC’s decision to freeze the Shiv Sena’s “bow and arrow” electoral emblem was caveated by Shinde on Monday in the Delhi High Court. On October 12, the high court is most likely to hear the case.

Thackeray, who had criticised the EC’s order and called it “injustice,” claimed in his appeal that it was passed completely in violation of the norms of natural justice and without providing the parties a chance to be heard and provide evidence. Thackeray asked for guidance on how to take into account and assign the symbol he had suggested without limiting the choice of the symbol from the commission’s list of available free symbols.

When Shinde hoisted a rebellious banner against Uddhav in June, he accused him of forging an “unnatural alliance” with Congress and NCP by giving in to Bal Thackeray’s ideals. This started the Sena vs. Sena dispute. Shinde had received the backing of almost 40 of the Shiv Sena’s 55 MLAs, resulting in Uddhav’s resignation.

The first election since Shinde and the BJP toppled the MVA administration is going to be the byelection in Andheri East.