Digital Desk, New Delhi. The Election Commission has asked both the factions Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde to produce documentary evidence to substantiate their claim of having a majority in Shiv Sena.
According to the commission, both the groups have been asked to respond by 1 pm. On August 8, the Election Commission will hear the claims and disputes of both the Shiv Sena factions. Both the factions have written a letter to the Election Commission and staked claim on the party.
The Uddhav Thackeray faction had written to the commission on several occasions, claiming that some members of the party were involved in anti-party activities. It also objected to the establishment of any political party by the Shinde faction using the names Shiv Sena or Balasaheb.
The faction further demanded removal of Eknath Shinde, Gulabrao Patil, Tanji Sawant and Uday Samant from party posts.
Shinde has also told the Election Commission that 40 out of 55 MLAs, various MLCs and 12 out of 18 MPs are with him.
When two factions stake claim to the same election symbol, the Election Commission first examines the party’s organization and the support of each faction within its legislature wing.
In such cases, the commission may also confiscate the party’s symbol and ask both the factions to register with new names and symbols. If elections are near, it may ask both groups to choose a temporary election symbol.
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