Claim on Shiv Sena’s election symbol: 12 MPs demand separate Lok Sabha party, waiting for Speaker’s approval

Tribune News Service

Aditi Tandon

New Delhi, July 19

In fresh trouble for Uddhav Thackeray, 12 Shiv Sena MPs are awaiting his request from Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to recognize them as a separate, majority group in the lower house.

MPs loyal to the Shiv Sena faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde wrote to the Speaker on Monday night to recognize the party’s Mumbai South Central MP Rahul Shewale as Lok Sabha leader and Yavatmal MP Bhavna Gawli as chief whip. wrote.

Of the 19 Lok Sabha MPs of Shiv Sena, 18 are from Maharashtra, most of whom are now in favor of Shinde as the race for the party’s symbol has intensified.

The 12 MPs in question had shown loyalty to Shinde in a virtual meeting with him on Monday.

Shinde, who is in the capital on Tuesday to discuss the Maharashtra cabinet structure, is likely to hold a press conference soon with 12 MPs who have now revolted against Uddhav Thackeray demanding separate identity.

Shiv Sena sources said once the new Shiv Sena group is recognized by the president, they can file a petition with the Election Commission to claim the party’s symbol.

Meanwhile, all the 12 MPs who rebelled against Uddhav on Tuesday have got Y-level security.

Earlier, 40 Shiv Sena MLAs had supported Shinde engineering the fall of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government consisting of Congress and NCP and the establishment of Shinde-led Shiv Sena-BJP government with former CM Devendra Fadnavis. cm.

Meanwhile, Uddhav’s aide and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said that they will fight for the party’s symbol.