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Election Commission freezes Shiv Sena symbol

Election Commission of India (ECI) passes interim order, with respect to Shiv Sena‘s ‘Bow & Arrow’ symbol claim, by both Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray group, says in Andheri East bye polls neither of the two groups shall be permitted to use the symbol “Bow & Arrow“, reserved for “Shivsena”.

The ECI in its order, freezes original Shiv Sena symbol. It said, both the factions need to submit three free symbol options by 1pm on 10th October to the ECI. Both the factions will be allotted different symbols for bye-elections in Andheri to be held on November 3.

Operational Part of the Election Commission of India (ECI) order wrt to Shiv Sena Party Symbol claim by Eknath Shinde VS Uddhav Thackeray group-

Accordingly, in order to place both the rival groups on even keel and to protect their rights and interests, and going by the past precedence, the Commission hereby makes the following Interim Order, to cover the purpose of the current Bye-elections and to continue till the final determination of the dispute in the matter in terms of Para 15 of the Symbols Order:

a) Neither of the two groups led by Sh. Eknathrao Sambhaji Shinde (Petitioner) and other led by Sh. Uddhav Thackeray (Respondent) be permitted to use the name of the party “Shivsena” simplicitor,

b) Neither of the two groups shall also be permitted to use the symbol “Bow & Arrow”, reserved for “Shivsena”;

c) Both the groups shall be known by such names as they may choose for their respective groups, including, if they so desire, linkage with their parent party “Shivsena”.

d) Both the groups shall also be allotted such different symbols as they may choose from the list of free symbols notified by the Election Commission for the purposes of the current bye-elections.

(42) Accordingly, both the groups are hereby directed to furnish, latest by 01 PM on 10th October, 2022:

(i) The names of their groups by which they may be recognized by Commission and to this end, give three options in order of preference, anyone of which may be approved by the Commission and:

(ii) The symbols which may be allotted to the candidates set up, if any, by the respective groups. They may indicate the names of three free symbols, in the order of their preference, anyone of which may be allotted to their candidates by the Commission.

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