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.