Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which won 13 of the 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra, has been recognised as a state party and will be alloted a permanent election symbol.
The party contested the October 13 polls using Railway Engine, a temporary symbol alloted to it by the Commission.
"As per our norms, a party, in order to be recognised as a state party, should win at least three per cent of the total number of seats in the House," a Commission official told PTI in Mumbai.
"The number of minimum seats needed by MNS to be recognised as state party was nine and as they have won 13 seats, they are eligible for that recognition," the official said.
The recognition follows MNS complying with the conditions stipulated under the amended Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968, after the Assembly polls in Maharashtra. A formal communication will be sent to MNS soon, the official said.
The MNS may be asked to choose from among the existing free symbols or design a new one, he said.
MNS was set up by Raj Thackeray on March 9, 2006 after he quit uncle Bal Thackerary's Shiv Sena. Of the 143 seats it contested in the polls, it won 13, including six in Mumbai city. PTI