22 Feb 2023

Eknath Shinde-Uddhav Thackeray Row: Hearing In Supreme Court Today On Petition Against Election Commission's Order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will today i.e. on Wednesday, 22 February hear the plea of former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray's faction challenging the Election Commission's order. The EC had recognized Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's faction as the original Shiv Sena and allotted it election symbol 'bow and arrow'.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioner before a bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, pleaded for urgent hearing of the petition, terming the matter as important. 

'Shinde faction will capture the resources belonging to the party'

Sibal took up the matter before the apex court during a special mention. He said that after the decision of the Election Commission, they (Shinde faction) will capture the resources belonging to the party. This matter should be heard immediately. 

The bench did not agree to the same despite repeated pleas of Mr. Sibal to hold the hearing today.

Later, however, Justice Chandrachud said that the apex court would hear the matter on Wednesday, February 22, at 3.30 pm.

A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice Chandrachud on Monday refused to give a date for hearing senior advocate AM Singhvi's request in the same matter, but asked him to make the request again on Tuesday.

In a major blow to the Uddhav Thackeray group, the Election Commission on February 17, in its final order, had said that the party's name 'Shiv Sena' and election symbol 'Tir-Dhanush' (bow and arrow) would remain with the Shinde faction.

The Election Commission had said in its order that it has passed this order in exercise of its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution and the Symbol Order-1968.

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