The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday asked the two warring Shiv Sena factions to submit the necessary paper work regarding their claim to party’s name and its symbol latest by November 23, following which it will set a date to hear the dispute.
The development came in the wake of the Delhi High Court dismissing former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s plea against the ECI’s October 8 decision this year of freezing the symbol and asking the Commission to take a decision regarding the dispute, as expeditiously as possible.
While Mr. Thackeray was allotted a flaming torch, incumbent Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde received the sword and shield as an interim symbol for the recently-concluded Andheri East Assembly bypoll won by the Thackeray camp.
In a related development, the ECI fixed November 29 as the date to provide a personal hearing to Chirag Paswan and his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras regarding the dispute related to the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) symbol — the bungalow — which is currently frozen.
Freezing the original name of the party as well as its symbol, the ECI had, in October last year, allotted the name Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) and the symbol helicopter to Mr. Paswan’s faction, while the name Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party along with a sewing machine as the party symbol, had been assigned to Mr. Paras’ grouping.
Both disputes, ECI sources said, had arisen under the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968 and communication related to further course of action had been sent to the representatives of the two separate factions in each case, respectively.