“The Election Commission’s order is wrong. Supreme Court is the last ray of hope. There is not a single instance where the party name and symbol were directly given to one faction,” Thackeray said at a press conference at Sena Bhavan in Mumbai.
“What was the need for the EC to give this decision in a hurry? The Election Commission should be dissolved,” said Thackeray.
‘Have lost faith in EC’
“We have lost faith in the Election Commission. There should be a proper procedure for election commissioners. A similar procedure is in practice when it comes to appointment of judges in the Supreme Court,” said Uddhav.
“The poll panel’s decision to “hand over” Shiv Sena name and symbol (to CM Eknath Shinde) is absolutely wrong. The decision should have been based on the timeline of incidents,” he said, adding: “The Commission had asked us to submit affidavits and list of party workers. We filed lakhs of affidavits, spent lakhs of rupees to submit them. But the EC completely ignored the same while ruling on the party name and symbol.”
Uddhav camp moves SC against EC’s decision
Thackeray’s media briefing came after the Supreme Court, earlier in the day, refused to entertain an oral mentioning made by his faction to urgently list its plea challenging the EC decision.
Bribe was paid by Eknath Shinde camp to get hold of Shiv Sena symbol: Sanjay Raut
The Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of Shiv Sena on Monday mentioned before the Supreme Court its plea seeking an urgent hearing on the petition challenging the Election Commission’s move to allot the party name “Shiv Sena” and the symbol “Bow and Arrow” to the faction led by Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde.
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the lawyer of Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of Shiv Sena to mention it on Tuesday. Senior Advocate Abhishek M Singhvi mentioned the plea against the EC’s decision.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud observed that the plea seeking an urgent hearing on the petition was not mentioned in the list. The court said that the plea seeking an urgent hearing should have been on the mentioned list. The court asked Singhvi to come on Tuesday and mention it.
Meanwhile, a Caveat application has already been filed by the Shinde group in Supreme Court over the matter. A Caveat application is filed by a litigant to ensure that no adverse order is passed against him or her without being heard.
Can take everything but my name: Uddhav
Alleging that the BJP plans to finish off Shiv Sena, Uddhav said: “Stealing our party name and symbol are part of a larger conspiracy … The name (Shiv Sena) and symbol (bow and arrow) of our party have been stolen, but the name ‘Thackeray’ cannot be stolen.”
Accusing the BJP of destroying democracy with the help of democratic institutions, Thackeray said, “What the BJP did with us today, they can do it with anyone. If this continues, after 2024, there won’t be any democracy or election in the country.”
He said he had received calls in support from Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar, Nitish Kumar and many other leaders.
BJP hits back at Uddhav’s ‘Mogambo’ line
Hitting back at union home minister Amit Shah welcoming the EC decision, Thackeray, had, on Sunday, sarcastically said ‘Mogambo khush hua’, a line the villain in the film Mr India often repeats when a plan succeeds.
Watch: Uddhav Thackeray’s Mogambo reference for Amit Shah
On Monday, the BJP centred its retort around the film’s lead character’s ability to disappear.
“Uddhav Thackeray is rushing to label the BJP leadership as Mogambo. What he fails to understand is with such idiotic commentary, he himself is becoming Mr India. You have almost disappeared from Maharashtra politics. You must stay at home,” BJP MLA from Mumbai Atul Bhatkhalkar said.
Raut sticks to his allegations
Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray faction leader Sanjay Raut on Monday refused to budge from his corruption allegations against the Election Commission on selling ‘bow and arrow symbol stressing that he stands by his statement and will show the proof at an appropriate time.
Raut on February 19 alleged that deals and transactions worth Rs 2000 crore have been done so far to get the Shiv Sena party name and its “bow and arrow” symbol.
Meeting at Shiv Sena Bhavan
Asked about the Shinde faction taking over various properties of Shiv Sena, he said: “I dare them to stop using the name of my father (late Balasaheb Thackeray) and his photo. Let him put photo of his father and then seek votes.”
Thackeray Vs Shinde: Shiv Sena Party Legislative office handed over to Shinde Group
Thackeray said the EC had already recognised his camp with a separate name Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) and also given it flaming torch as symbol. “This means the EC had recognised our separate existence already,” he said.
Thackeray met his close associates at Shiv Sena Bhavan on Monday. Party leaders Sanjay Raut, Subhash Desai, Anil Desai and Anil Parab, were present.
Thackeray also invited several district level leaders of his camp to discuss future course of action.
On February 17, the Election Commission had recognised the Shinde-led faction as the real Shiv Sena and ordered allocation of the ‘bow and arrow’ poll symbol to it, in the process delivering a big blow to Uddhav Thackeray, whose father Bal Thackeray founded the outfit in 1966.
The EC allowed the Thackeray faction to retain the name Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) and the ‘flaming torch’ poll symbol, given to it in an interim order in October last year, till the conclusion of the upcoming assembly bypolls in the state.
Uddhav Thackeray had on Sunday said all political parties need to open their eyes and remain cautious in the wake of the Election Commission’s decision of recognising the faction led by CM Eknath Shinde as the real Shiv Sena.
(With inputs from agencies)
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