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Big setback to Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena as Parliament House goes to Shinde-faction

After the Election Commission's order, the Thackeray faction has turned to the judiciary for justice.

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The Uddhav Thackeray faction has received another big setback after Shiv Sena’s office in Parliament House was allotted to Eknath Shinde-led faction by the Lok Sabha Secretariat on Tuesday.

The Shinde camp now has a Sena office in Parliament House, in addition to the party office in Vidhan Bhawan. Eknath Shinde took over the Shiv Sena party office at Vidhan Bhawan a day ago. Eknath Shinde took over the Shiv Sena party office at Vidhan Bhawan a day ago.

MLA Bharat Gogavale along with his party colleagues and office bearers of Shinde group went to assembly building and took possession of the office. Now, Devendra Suryavanshi will be office head of the Shiv Sena legislative party.

After the Election Commission’s order, the Thackeray faction has turned to the judiciary for justice. The Supreme Court of India will hear Uddhav Thackeray’s plea challenging the Election Commission’s order recognizing Eknath Shinde’s faction as the official Shiv Sena tomorrow.

Uddhav Thackeray and his faction of leaders, who were upset with ECI’s decision, said that they will approach the Supreme Court against their decision. Thackeray had also demanded the dissolution of the poll panel; the Sena (UBT) leaders alleged that the Shinde faction stole the name and symbol from them. Shiv Sena’s name and symbol were awarded to the Shinde faction.

The Shiv Sena faction led by Uddhav Thackeray suffered a body blow on Friday when the Election Commission of India (ECI) recognized the faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde as the real Shiv Sena. Shinde supporters burst crackers outside their party office opposite Mantralaya. The ECI, in its 78-page order, also allotted the symbol “Bow and Arrow” to Shinde’s faction.

The Sena, founded by the late Bal Thackeray in 1966, had consistently fought elections on the “Bow and Arrow” symbol all these decades, and its allotment to Shinde is a major setback to Thackeray.

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