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Mumbai News Highlights: ‘An injustice that poll symbol was frozen… They (Shinde faction) must be happy,’ says Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai, Maharashtra News Today Highlights: Election Commission of India has barred both former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and current Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led factions from using the party name Shiv Sena and its 'bow and arrow' poll symbol, newsagency PTI reported.

By: Express Web Desk
Mumbai | Updated: October 9, 2022 22:33 IST
This is a combination image of Uddhav Thackeray on right side and Eknath Shinde on left. (Image source-Express file/photo)

Mumbai News Today Highlights A day after the Election Commission of India (ECI) passed an order freezing the electoral symbol of the Shiv Sena – bow and arrow – based on a plea filed by the party’s faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray said, “They(Shinde faction) must be happy today. More than them the ‘superpower'(BJP) would be more happy since they engineered all this.” Uddhav said the BJP will use the Shinde faction and then throw them away.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of the Shiv Sena Sunday wrote to the ECI listing its three preferences for the alternate poll symbol – trishul (trident), rising sun and mashaal (torch). “We have already sent a letter to the ECI giving our preferences for the symbol. The preferences are the trishul, maashal, and the rising sun,” said Arvind Sawant, South Mumbai MP and a leader of the Uddhav-led group.

The Nationalist Congress Party on Sunday said the Election Commission’s order on the use of the Shiv Sena party name and election symbol in an upcoming Assembly bypoll was surprising, but it did not mean the Uddhav Thackeray-led group was weak or demoralised.

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21:39 (IST)09 Oct 2022
FIR against Uddhav loyalist Chandrakant Khaire for ‘objectionable’ language against CM Shinde

Police on Sunday filed a first information report (FIR) against Shiv Sena leader Chandrakant Khaire in Aurangabad city of Maharashtra for allegedly making objectionable remarks against state Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, an official said. The case was registered at Satara police station in Aurangabad based on a complaint lodged by Rajendra Janjal, the district unit chief of the Shiv Sena (Shinde faction), he said.

Khaire, a former Member of Parliament from the Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency, is a loyalist of Uddhav Thackeray, who heads another faction of the Shiv Sena. Read more

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Mumbai on Sunday recorded 172 new cases of Covid-19 that raised the tally of infections to 11,51,342, an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The toll remained unchanged at 19,735, while the count of recoveries rose to 11,30,745 after 102 patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours, the official said.

With a recovery rate of 98.2 per cent, the city currently has 862 active cases, he said. Of the latest cases, six patients are symptomatic, taking the total number of hospitalised persons to 63, the official said. At least 6,974 swab samples were tested in the city in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of tests conducted so far to 1,83,57,526, he said. (PTI)

20:34 (IST)09 Oct 2022
Maharashtra: Shinde faction will have edge in final ECI order over Shiv Sena party symbol, claims Fadnavis

The ruling BJP Sunday welcomed the decision of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to freeze the ‘bow and arrow’ symbol of the Shiv Sena. Describing the interim order as nothing surprising, BJP leaders said they will have to wait and watch out for the final order.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told media persons in Mumbai, “The Election Commission’s decision to freeze the ‘bow and arrow’ symbol claimed by both the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of the Shiv Sena and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led faction is on expected lines. It is nothing surprising.” Read more

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18:36 (IST)09 Oct 2022
Uddhav Thackeray announces preferences of name, symbols recommended to EC

The Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of the Shiv Sena Sunday wrote to the ECI listing its three preferences for the alternate poll symbol – trishul (trident), rising sun and mashaal (torch).  In a televised address, Thackeray said, "The Election Commission revealed the symbols and names we wanted to the public today morning however nothing was said about the other side (Eknath Shinde camp)"

18:23 (IST)09 Oct 2022
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A day after the Election Commission of India (ECI) passed an order freezing the electoral symbol of the Shiv Sena – bow and arrow – based on a plea filed by the party’s faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde,  Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray said, 'They(Shinde faction) must be happy today. More than them the 'superpower'(BJP) would be more happy since they engineered all this.'

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The ruling BJP Sunday welcomed the decision of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to freeze the ‘bow and arrow’ symbol of the Shiv Sena. Describing the interim order as nothing surprising, BJP leaders said they will have to wait and watch out for the final order.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told media persons in Mumbai, “The Election Commission’s decision to freeze the ‘bow and arrow’ symbol claimed by both the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of the Shiv Sena and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led faction is on expected lines. It is nothing surprising.” Read more

18:13 (IST)09 Oct 2022
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Senior Maharashtra Congress leaders on Sunday chose to stay away from the delegate outreach programme of Lok Sabha MP and party presidential poll candidate Shashi Tharoor at the Congress state headquarters in Mumbai. This was in stark contrast to Friday when state leaders queued up to meet his fellow candidate Mallikarjun Kharge at Tilak Bhavan.

Congress state unit chief Nana Patole, who was also absent from Tharoor’s programme, was apparently busy with prior commitments. “I had a word with Patole ji and he informed me about his prior commitment. I am not complaining at all,” said Tharoor when asked about the lukewarm reception he received from the Maharashtra unit. Read more

17:10 (IST)09 Oct 2022
Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena faction lists 3 preferences for alternate party symbol

A day after the Election Commission of India (ECI) passed an order freezing the electoral symbol of the Shiv Sena – bow and arrow – based on a plea filed by the party’s faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of the Shiv Sena Sunday wrote to the ECI listing its three preferences for the alternate poll symbol – trishul (trident), rising sun and mashaal (torch).

“We have already sent a letter to the ECI giving our preferences for the symbol. The preferences are the trishul, maashal, and the rising sun,” said Arvind Sawant, South Mumbai MP and a leader of the Uddhav-led group. Read more

16:24 (IST)09 Oct 2022
Mumbai Police registers FIR over affidavits supporting Uddhav-led Sena faction that Shinde group claims ‘fake’

The Mumbai Police has registered an FIR against unidentified persons on charges of cheating and forgery after recovering more than 4,500 affidavits being prepared in support of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction, an official said on Sunday. Former Thane mayor Naresh Mhaske, who is the spokesperson of the other Sena faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, in a video message claimed the Mumbai Police have found 4,682 “fake” affidavits and registered a criminal case against unidentified persons based on a complaint.

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The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) head had made the remark at a book release event in Nagpur on Friday, triggering debates across the political and social spectrum. Asserting that the caste system had no relevance in the 21st century, Bhagwat emphasised social equity as an integral aspect of Indian tradition and culture. Read more

15:39 (IST)09 Oct 2022
Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction writes to EC, gives three options for poll symbol

 The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction has on Sunday written to the Election Commission of India giving three options as their preference for a poll symbol. The options are Trishul(Trident), rising sun and Mashaal.

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EC order on Shiv Sena name and symbol doesn’t mean Thackeray faction weak or demoralised, NCP says

The Nationalist Congress Party on Sunday said the Election Commission’s order on the use of the Shiv Sena party name and election symbol in an upcoming Assembly bypoll was surprising, but it did not mean the Uddhav Thackeray-led group was weak or demoralised.

Speaking to reporters here, NCP’s chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said the Election Commission of India’s decision to freeze the Shiv Sena symbol and party name is surprising and painful. But, it is not the final decision of the Commission. Read more

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MACT member H M Bhosale, in the October 6 order which was made available on Saturday, also imposed a cost of Rs 3,000 each on the two brothers, Avinash Arjun Chikhale and Devesh Arjun Chikhale.

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EC order on Shiv Sena name and symbol doesn’t mean Thackeray faction weak or demoralised: NCP

The Nationalist Congress Party on Sunday said the Election Commission’s order on the use of the Shiv Sena party name and election symbol in an upcoming Assembly bypoll was surprising, but it did not mean the Uddhav Thackeray-led group was weak or demoralised.

The Election Commission on Saturday barred the Shiv Sena factions led by former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and current Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde from using the party name and its election symbol in the Andheri East Assembly bypoll. Read more

11:53 (IST)09 Oct 2022
History of Shiv Sena's election symbol

In 1968, Sena fought the Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation (BMC) election on a symbol Shield and Sword. In 1980, the party's symbol in the then Lok Sabha and Assembly was railway engine. In 1985, Shiv Sena fought assembly election on symbols like Torch (Mashaal), Sun and Bat & ball. Its lone winner in the then assembly poll, Chhagan Bhujbal, had won the election with a symbol of Torch. The party was given Bow and Arrow as a symbol in 1989. Since then the party has this symbol for all elections till Oct 2022. 

10:38 (IST)09 Oct 2022
"EC's interim stay gives rise to the suspicion whether it was to help BJP candidate in Andheri East assembly bypoll": Maharashtra NCP chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase

"Election Commission's interim stay on using the symbol of Shiv Sena and also the party name gives rise to the suspicion that whether this decision was taken to help BJP candidate in Andheri East assembly bypoll. The bypoll was between BJP and Uddhav Thackeray 's Shiv Sena. Shinde camp is not even fighting this bypoll. Despite this, the commission has stayed the use of name Shiv Sena. However, we want to reaffirm that this election will be won by Thackeray who has support of Congress and NCP, " Maharashtra NCP chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase.

10:01 (IST)09 Oct 2022
After EC freezes Shiv Sena poll symbol, Eknath Shinde camp says it will continue to fight for it

While the Eknath Shinde-led faction is happy with the decision of the Election Commission of India to freeze the ‘bow and arrow’ symbol of the Shiv Sena, leaders from the Maharashtra chief minister’s camp said Saturday their next fight is to get the poll symbol for their camp.

The Election Commission’s interim order freezing the ‘bow and arrow’ election symbol of the Shiv Sena has come ahead of the high-stakes Andheri (East) Assembly by-poll to be held on November 3. The EC order also came days after the Supreme Court rejected the Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena’s prayer to stay proceedings pending before the poll panel over a request by EknathShinde for recognition of his faction as the “real Shiv Sena” and permission to use the party’s ‘bow and arrow’ election symbol. Read more

Months of planning led to BJP forming government, says Chandrakant Patil

Minister for Higher and Technical Education, Chandrakant Patil, on Friday said that the formation of the BJP-Shinde Sena government could be achieved due to months of planning.

Speaking at a party function in Pune, Patil said, “After the 2019 Assembly elections, BJP lost power despite being number the one party. It was a setback. To keep the morale high of party workers, we had to keep saying that ‘BJP will soon return to power in Maharashtra’.”The party required 40 additional MLAs to reach the half-way mark of 145 in the state Assembly.

He said, “In Madhya Pradesh, the difference between BJP and Congress was of only two seats. So, it was easy to dislodge the Congress government and get BJP back to power. In Karnataka, too, BJP required just three MLAs to dislodge the ruling Congress-JD(U) government.”

On June 20, the Shiv Sena split with 40 of its 55 MLAs defecting to the Eknath Shinde camp. It led to the formation of the BJP and Shinde Sena government.

Mix of technical & social approach, Jalyukta Shivar 2.0 to launch soon

As announced in the first Cabinet meeting of the Eknath Shinde government on June 30, the Jalyukta Shivar scheme – pet project of Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis from 2014-19 – is set to make a comeback.The new version of the scheme will be a mix of technical and social approach towards water conservation, said officials.

Jalyukta Shivar 2.0 will cater to approximately 5,000 new villages, where technical works of water conservation, such as deepening and widening of water bodies as well as construction of small earthen dams and digging of farm ponds, will be undertaken.

“These villages were not covered during the 2014-2019 phase of the scheme. We are in the process of identifying the villages and soon a list will be made,” said an official from the water conservation department.

The other component of the scheme will deal with over 22,000 villages where water conservation works were carried out during 2014-19. “The work planned here is about spreading awareness about water literacy, water management and conservation principles,” the official said.

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First published on: 08-10-2022 at 09:31 IST
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