The Shiv Sena, one of India’s oldest and most powerful regional parties, recently faced a major blow when its chief Uddhav Thackeray lost the party’s name and symbol. The Election Commission of India ruled in the favour of the current Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde.
On 17th February at 8:30 pm, Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray attended the press conference. In the press conference he said, “Today the decision taken by the Election Commission is bias, the decision taken by the election commission is dangerous and is against the democracy.”
Later he said, ” Prime Minster Modi should announce from the red fort that the 75 years of democracy has ended in India”. “From today onwards, the government has begun it’s threatening behavior”, he added pointing that decision taken by the Election Commission is unfair and unjust.
“The decision taken by the election commission is totally unacceptable,” said Uddhav Thackeray implying that he won’t accept the decision taken by the Election Commission.
“The bow will still exist on paper even if it is stolen. Both Ram and Ravan held a bow and arrow. The Pandavas could not be beaten, not even by 100 Kauravas working together. Several people reject this injustice. This is not Dhritarashtra; this is Chhatrapati’s Maharashtra. We’ll appeal this ruling to the Supreme Court” he added later on in the press conference.
Uddhav Thackeray also said by attacking and warning Eknath Shinde, “The robbery has been solved, which makes the thieves thrilled. A guy cannot become a man, no matter how much he overcomes. At the earliest opportunity, we will visit the Supreme Court; in the meantime, eat the grains of the bow and arrow. This conflict will be pursued to its conclusion. Now that I’ve started the battle, I won’t stop until I’ve won.”
The loss of the name and symbol is also a major blow to the Uddhav Thackeray party’s morale, particularly considering the immense pride that Uddhav Thackeray and his father Bal Thackeray had taken in the name and symbol. For now, Uddhav Thackeray’s only hope is Supreme Court.