Blow to Uddhav Thackeray as Supreme Court allows poll panel to make a decision 'real' Shiv Sena

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that there'll be no be the Election Commission's proceedings to determine who commanded the "real" Shiv Sena — Eknath Shinde or Uddhav Thackeray — in Maharashtra. the choice is being seen as an enormous win for CM Eknath Shinde's camp.

A Constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice DY Chandrachud was hearing the petition regarding the rift in Shiv Sena that saw the Maharashtra party burgled factions led by Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray.

Meanwhile, the legal team of the Eknath Shinde faction has written to the committee with the main points of the Supreme judicial writ, sources said.

In June this year, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government collapsed after a revolt led by Eknath Shinde and 39 other MLAs against his leadership. On June 30, Shinde was sworn in because the chief minister of Maharashtra with the BJP's support.

The Uddhav camp then filed a petition, seeking to restrain the committee from electing the claim of the Shinde-led faction over the 'real' Shiv Sena and therefore the party symbol. 

The petition also stated that the Shinde camp MLAs can save themselves from disqualification under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution only by merging with another party.

However, the Shinde faction had contended the anti-defection law isn't a weapon for a frontrunner who has lost the boldness of his own party.

On August 23, the Supreme Court stated a five-judge bench the petitions filed by the Thackeray and Shinde-led factions raising several constitutional questions associated with defection, merger and disqualification.

The top court had asked the poll panel to not pass any orders on the Shinde faction’s plea that or not it's considered the 'real' Shiv Sena and be granted the party’s poll symbol.