scorecardresearch
Sunday, Feb 05, 2023
Advertisement
Premium

How bow and arrow came to be Sena symbol

Former chief minister Thackeray said on Friday that no one can take away “the bow and arrow from Shiv Sena”.

The ‘bow and arrow’ symbol has been Sena’s identity for over three decades now, since it was assigned to it as the poll symbol by the election commission. (Express File Photo)

While the two factions of Shiv Sena, led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde respectively, assert they belong to the real Sena and also stake claim over the party symbol, former chief minister Thackeray said on Friday that no one can take away “the bow and arrow from Shiv Sena”.

When Shiv Sena was founded by late Balasaheb Thackeray in 1966, it was not a political party, but an organisation and the “roaring tiger” its logo, as has continued to be widely used by Shiv Sainiks at every party office, poster, or official documents.

The ‘bow and arrow’ symbol has been Sena’s identity for over three decades now, since it was assigned to it as the poll symbol by the election commission.

Before that, according to senior political observers and Sena functionaries, Sena contested elections on different symbols. Initially, it contested elections with railway engine as its symbol. Then, it had ‘sword and shield’ as its election symbol.

Subscriber Only Stories
A prisoner in Pakistan: An IAF pilot’s tale of courage and fortitude
How a toilet campaign changed lives, helped women in Telangana’s Narayanpet
Conspiracy, data theft with ex-staff: Digital India firm accuses pvt company
After CUET, DU admissions drop 25%; enrollment of girls sees decrease

In 1984, it contested the Lok Sabha election on the BJP’s symbol.

It was around 1984-85 that Shiv Sena got the ‘bow and arrow’ symbol for the first time and using it to contest the civic body election in Mumbai. It came to power in the Mumbai civic body after taking support of the Congress. It was in 1989 that the Sena launched its mouth piece, Saamana. The same year, the party got the ‘bow and arrow’ as its permanent election symbol, which it is said to be at risk of losing today.

“The symbol is considered lucky as after getting it, the party first came to power in Mumbai corporation and won subsequent elections and even came to power in the state in 1995 with BJP alliance,” a Sena functionary said, adding that it is disheartening to see that the same symbol is a bone of contention between the two factions.

First published on: 09-07-2022 at 05:33 IST
Next Story

Jaishankar meets Lavrov, Blinken on sidelines of G-20, talks Ukraine

Latest Comment
Post Comment
Read Comments
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
close