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Will the decision regarding giving symbol to Shiv Sena be different from ECI’s decision on LJP?

New Delhi: It is a million dollar question whether the Election Commission will take the same decision on Shiv Sena as it has done in the case of Lok Janshakti Party or will its decision on Shiv Sena be entirely different? This question has been arising ever since the Supreme Court ordered that the Election Commission should decide about Shiv Sena. At the same time, it is also being said that the decision of the Supreme Court is a major victory for the Eknath Shinde faction and a huge blow to the Uddhav Thackeray faction. It is also surprising as to why is there a perception that the decision of the Election Commission in the Shiv Sena case will go against the Uddhav Thackeray faction? The model of Lok Janshakti Party is in front of the Election Commission. After the death of Ram Vilas Paswan, there was a split in the Lok Janshakti Party and five out of the six MPs of the party came together and claimed themselves to be the representatives of ‘real’ LJP. The Speaker also gave them recognition in the Lok Sabha. The leader of that faction, Pashupati Paras, is a minister in the central government. Later, when the real party’s claim reached the Election Commission, the commission gave a balancing decision. The commission confiscated the Lok Janshakti Party name and election symbol. So, the name of the party of Pashupati Paras faction is Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party and the name of the party of Chirag Paswan faction is Lok Janshakti Party Ramvilas.

So, the commission has a previous precedent to take a similar decision in the case of Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena’s name and its ‘arrowbow’ election symbol should be confiscated and separate names and symbols should be allotted to both the groups. But if it has to happen then how will it be a major victory for the Shinde faction? A big victory for the Shinde faction will happen when it gets the name and election symbol of Shiv Sena. Only then will it have any advantage in the municipal elections to be held in the next few days. Like LJP, in Shiv Sena too, most of the MPs and MLAs are with the Eknath Shinde faction but the party organization is still with Uddhav Thackeray.

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