After symbol and name, Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction gets Parliament office

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NEW DELHI: Within days of being allotted the ‘Shiv Sena’ name and the ‘bow and arrow’ symbol by the Election Commission (EC), the ruling faction of the party, led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, has now been assigned an office for the party in Parliament.

In response to a letter by Parliamentary party leader Rahul Shewale, the Lok Sabha Secretariat confirmed the same. “Room No. 128, Parliament House, has been allotted to the Shiv Sena parliamentary party for the office of the Shiv Sena parliamentary party”, he said.

Last Friday, the EC awarded the fiercely-contested ‘Shiv Sena’ name and symbol to the Shinde faction, triggering howls of protest in the rival camp. Former CM Uddhav Thackray, who leads the rival camp, accused the EC of working at the behest of the BJP at the Centre and moved the Supreme Court challenging the poll panel’s ruling.

Shinde triggered a split down the Sena’s middle last year, as he broke away with a band of loyalists — sitting MLAs, MPs and leaders — to form a rebel front. The rebellion eventually led to the collapse of the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. (ANI)

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