22 Feb 2023

Shinde Vs Uddhav: Supreme Court Issues Notice; EC Order Not Stayed

New Delhi: A hearing was held in the Supreme Court on Wednesday on Uddhav Thackeray's plea against handing over the name and symbol of Shiv Sena to the Eknath Shinde faction. 

The Supreme Court has not stayed the decision of the Election Commission. However, by issuing notices to the Uddhav group and the Shinde camp, they have sought a reply within two weeks.

A bench of CJI DY Chandrachud, Justice PS Narasimha and Justice JB Pardiwala said that the Shinde faction has proved itself before the Election Commission. In this situation, we cannot stay the order of the Election Commission right now. 

Uddhav camp can continue to use temporary name and poll symbol

The court said that the Uddhav camp can continue to use the temporary name and election symbol fthat has been alloted to it. The bench has given this order in view of the Maharashtra Assembly by-elections to be held on February 26. 

During this, the court told the Shinde faction that you too will not issue such a whip as of now, which disqualifies pro-Uddhav MPs and MLAs. Shinde faction's lawyer Neeraj Kishan Kaul agreed on this.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Uddhav group told the bench that the party's offices and bank accounts were being taken over by the Shinde group. In such a situation, the court should order to maintain the status quo. However, the bench refused to accept it.

The Shinde faction had also filed a caveat in the Supreme Court before Uddhav's petition. In which it was said that the Supreme Court must hear its side before giving any decision.

Uddhav to set out on a tour of Maharashtra

Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray has decided to set out on a tour of Maharashtra beginning March 5 in a bid to keep the morale of Shiv Sainiks high and keep the Shiv Sena (UBT) flock together. 

As a part of it, a cadre outreach programme will be conducted by Uddhav and Aaditya to strengthen and rebuild party workers on the ground, focusing on Sena camps (shakhas), where activities are being planned to retain and expand the party’s base across Maharashtra.

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