Election commission freezes Shiv Sena’s bow and arrow symbol


New Delhi: The Election Commission of India has given a major decision on the claim of Shiv Sena’s election symbol ‘bow and arrow’ between Mumbai CM Eknath Shinde and former CM Uddhav Thackeray. The Election Commission, in its interim order, said that neither of the two groups can use the ‘bow and arrow’ symbol reserved for the ‘Shiv Sena’ in the Andheri East bypoll.

News agency ANI tweeted: “Both the groups will also be allotted the different symbols they can choose from the list of free symbols notified by the Election Commission for the purpose of the current special elections. Accordingly, it is requested to both groups to provide, at the latest, before 13:00 on October 10.”

It further read, “Shiv Sena’s ‘Bow and Arrow’ symbol claim | Election Commission of India passes interim order, says in Andheri East bye polls that neither group will be allowed to use symbol “Bow and Arrow”, reserved for Shivsena.

In accordance with the Commission’s order, both groups will be assigned symbols other than the list of free symbols communicated by the Electoral Commission for the purposes of the ongoing by-elections. He can choose these symbols himself. The two groups have been asked to present their chosen symbols to the Electoral Commission before 1:00 p.m. on October 10.

The Shinde faction has already submitted its claim to the Election Commission. Along with this, there has been a demand to allot them the election symbol of bow and arrow in the by-elections to be held in Andheri East assembly in the state. The Election Commission had asked Uddhav Thackeray to present his side on the matter.

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