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Accept EC decision, no impact of symbol change, Pawar adivises Uddhav

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Senjo M R
February 18, 2023 00:46 IST
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Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said the loss of 'bow and arrow' will not make any difference to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena as people will accept its new poll symbol.

IMAGE: Shiv Sena-Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray chief Uddhav Thackeray interacts with NCP chief Sharad Pawar during protest of MVA in Mumbai, December 17, 2022. Photograph: ANI Photo

Pawar, whose party is Thackeray's ally, also reminded that the Congress led by Indira Gandhi had to pick a new symbol in 1978, but it had no damaging consequences for the party.


He was reacting to the Election Commission's decision to recognize the Eknath Shinde-led faction as the real Shiv Sena, and award it the original 'bow and arrow' symbol.

"Once a decision is given, there can be no discussion. Accept it, take a new symbol. It (loss of the old symbol) is not going to have any impact," the NCP chief advised the Thackeray group.

He recalled that Indira Gandhi faced a similar situation in the aftermath of the Emergency.

"Congress used to have the 'two bullocks with a yoke' symbol. After they lost it, they adopted 'hand' as the new symbol, and people accepted it. Similarly, people will accept the new symbol (of the Uddhav faction)," the veteran politician said.

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