Shiv Sena Majority Case: ECI asks for evidence from Thackeray & Shinde

Election Commission of India has asked CM Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray’s factions to submit ‘documentary evidence’ to prove their majority in the Shiv Sena party.

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Shiv Sena Majority Case: The Election Commission of India on Saturday asked the new rivalries faction in Maharashtra Government to submit ‘documentary evidence’ in order to prove their majority in the Shiv Sena party.

Both the groups of the party, the Thackeray faction and the Shinde faction approached the poll body to claim their stake over Shiv Sena. Moreover, the dispute to assert control over the party reached the ECI after both sides wrote to the Commission. ECI has directed both groups to prove their majority in the Sena party by providing documentary evidence.

Additionally, The ECI also sent to the Thackeray camp the letter written to EC by the Shinde faction and the Thackeray camp’s letter to the Shinde faction, asking for responses by August 8 from both camps. After receiving responses from both sides, the polling body would hear the allegations made by each camp.

In June 2022, the Shinde group revolted against then sitting CM Uddhav Thackeray and his associates. Which led to the fall of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (Congress-Shiv Sena-NCP) government in the state. Thus, out of the 55 Shiv Sena MLAs, 40 are members of the Shinde faction, which came to power with the help of the Bharatiya Janata Party. It has urged the poll authority to grant the faction the bow and arrow election symbol and asked the ECI to recognise the faction as the “real” Shiv Sena.

Maharashtra’s political crisis continues to take many turns and create turmoils as yet another shock came to the Thackeray group in the Parliament when the Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla, accepted the Shiv Sena faction led by Eknath Shinde’s demand to change the party leader in the House on Tuesday. Hence, now Rahul Shewale will be serving as the party’s house leader.