The Shiv Sena faction led by Uddhav Thackeray believes that the Election Commission of India (ECI) favoured Eknath Shinde in the distribution of symbols between the two Shiv Sena factions
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena faction led by Uddhav Thackeray believes that the Election Commission of India (ECI) favoured Eknath Shinde in the distribution of symbols between the two Shiv Sena factions. A lawyer belonging to the Uddhav camp named Vivek Singh had written to the ECI regarding this matter. He had mentioned that the Shinde camp received an “undue upper hand” advantage.
Due to a dispute between the groups, the election commission had frozen the Shiv Sena’s bow and arrow symbol. The EC then presented the Eknath Shinde-led side with two swords and a shield while giving the Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena the mashaal emblem.
The Sena led by Uddhav will be known as the “Shiv Sena” (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray), while the Shinde camp will be known as the “Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena.”
The four-page letter from the Uddhav camp alleged that the ECI has given a decision with partiality in favour of the Shinde group. It also sought assurance from the Commission that such “biased treatment in favour of the Eknath Shinde side” will not continue and that both factions will be dealt with on an equal footing.
As per the letter, the EIC uploaded a copy of a confidential letter sent by the Uddhav camp, which contained the options for the new symbols that will be used in the upcoming Andheri East by-elections. However, the commission uploaded the letter on its website, making it accessible to everyone.