The Election Commission last week recognized the Eknath Shinde-led faction as the original Shiv Sena and also allotted it the election symbol 'bow and arrow'.
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha Secretariat has allotted the Shiv Sena office in Parliament House to the Eknath Shinde-led faction. Earlier, the Election Commission had recognized the Shinde faction as the original Shiv Sena.
Responding to the letter by Shinde faction leader Rahul Shewale in the House, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said that the room earmarked for the Shiv Sena office in Parliament House has been allotted to the party.
Till now both factions used to use the office
The Election Commission had last week recognized the Eknath Shinde-led faction as the original Shiv Sena and also allotted it the election symbol 'bow and arrow'. In this way, the Uddhav Thackeray-led group suffered a major setback. Subsequently, on February 18, Shewale wrote a letter to the Lok Sabha Secretariat seeking allotment of office for the party. Till now both factions used to use the respective office located in the Parliament House.
Hearing in the Supreme Court on Wednesday on the petition of the Uddhav group
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Wednesday a plea by a faction led by former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to recognize Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's faction as the original Shiv Sena and allot it the 'bow and arrow' election symbol.
The decision of the Election Commission has been challenged. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Thackeray faction, mentioned the matter on Tuesday before a bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices Krishna Murari and PS Narasimha.
Will also capture bank account and election symbol - Sibal
Sibal said in the report, “If the EC (Election Commission) order has not stayed, they will take over the symbol and bank accounts. Kindly list it before the constitution bench tomorrow.” The top court said it needed to read the case file and adjourned the matter for hearing at 3.30 pm on Wednesday.
The Election Commission on Friday recognized the Shinde-led faction as the original Shiv Sena and ordered it to be allotted the 'bow and arrow' election symbol of the undivided Shiv Sena founded by late Balasaheb Thackeray.