Prove majority: Poll body in Thackeray vs Shinde fight over Sena, symbol

New Delhi:

The battle between Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde for control of the Shiv Sena has moved to a new phase – both will have to give documentary evidence to prove who would lead the party.

The Election Commission has asked both sides to give the documents by August 8, after which the constitutional body will hear the matter.

The two sides will also have to give written statements detailing their views on the dispute in the party, which surfaced after Mr Shinde and nearly 40 MLAs revolted last month and formed a new government, with support of the BJP. Former Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis became Mr Shinde’s deputy in the new set-up.

In a letter to the Election Commission, Team Shinde claimed it has the support of 40 out of 55 MLAs and 12 out of 18 Lok Sabha MPs.

“…It is evident that there is a split in the Shiv Sena, one group of which is being led by Eknath Shinde and the other group is being led by Uddhav Thackeray, both the groups claim to be the real Shiv Sena with their leader being the alleged president of Shiv Sena party,” the Election Commission said in the notice to the two camps.

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