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“Modi-Shah’s Election Commission…” Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut after Ajit Pawar faction secures NCP symbol

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“Modi-Shah’s Election Commission…” Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut after Ajit Pawar faction secures NCP symbol

MUMBAI: After Ajit Pawar faction secured the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) name and symbol, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut alleged that the Election Commission of India (ECI) had become a Modi-Shah’s Election Commission.

“…It is no more Election Commission of India (ECI) but rather Modi-Shah’s Election Commission…This happened with Shiv Sena too…” Raut said.

In a big setback to the faction led by former union minister Sharad Pawar, the poll panel gave the Nationalist Congress Party name and symbol to the faction led by Ajit Pawar.

The Commission has provided the Sharad Pawar faction with a one-time option to claim a name for its new political formation and provide three preferences to the Commission. The concession is to be utilised by 3 pm on February 7, 2024. The decision was taken after more than 10 hearings spread over more than six months.

The poll panel said that the decision followed the laid-out tests of maintainability of the petition, which included tests of aims and objectives of the party constitution, a test of the party constitution and tests of a majority both organizational and legislative.

The hearings, which commenced on July 1 last year between factions led by Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar saw strong legal teams from both sides including Mukul Rohatgi, Neeraj Kishan Kaul and Maninder Singh for the petitioner and Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Devdatt Kamat from the respondent.

The test of majority in the legislative wing found favour in this circumstance of the case, where both groups have been found to be working outside the party constitution and the organizational elections, the poll panel said.