A bitter fight has intensified between the two Shiv Sena camps over who will be allowed to hold a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park on October 5. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday refused permission to both the factions to hold a rally there, following which arguments were made. Challenging the decision will be heard in the Bombay High Court on Friday.
The Sena camp, led by Uddhav Thackeray, is confident that the HC’s hearing is awaited, but they will hold a rally at Shivaji Park. Addressing a rally at Nesco in Goregaon on Wednesday, Thackeray said, “Dussehra gathering will be held at Shivtirth as per tradition.”
‘Will use guerrilla tactics’ says Thackeray-led camp
Shiv Sena has been holding a rally at Shivaji Park since 1966. This year, both the factions of the fractured party – one led by former CM Thackeray and the other led by current Chief Minister Eknath Shinde – applied for permission to hold the rally there. Mumbai’s civic body refused permission to the two citing security concerns. However, the Thackeray-led camp said they would go ahead with the rally “no matter what”.
“We will use guerrilla warfare tactics,” Ajay Choudhary, leader of the Thackeray faction in the Maharashtra Assembly, told the news agency. PTI on Thursday. Terming the denial as ‘a bad script by the BJP’, former Mumbai mayor and spokesperson of the Thackeray camp, Kishori Pednekar said, “The rally has been taking place at Shivaji Park for 56 years. It is not for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Maybe… it’s a matter of loyalty and tradition.”
Shinde Camp gets approval for BKC, Thane
While the Shivaji Park controversy continues, in a blow to Thackeray’s camp, the ruling Eknath Shinde-led faction has obtained permission for Dussehra celebrations at two other places.
The Shinde faction had received MMRDA’s nod to hold its rally at Mumbai’s BKC ground last week. The camp also got approval from Thane Collector to organize the function at Durgadi Fort Temple in Kalyan. While the Thackeray faction also applied for permission, they lost to Shinde camp MLA Vishwanath Bhoir. times of India,
Reacting to BMC’s denial of permission to Shivaji Park due to possible ‘law and order situation’, Uddhav Thackeray’s camp said a law and order situation may arise in BKC, where Shinde camp obtained permission As well as from Matoshree onwards, Thackeray’s residence, is close to it.
HC hearing awaited
Despite their claim to hold a rally at Shivaji Park, Shiv Sena leaders from Uddhav’s camp informally admitted that they were exploring other options, according to a report. Hindustan Times,
“Till this (petition in HC) is not decided, we will not chalk out future course of action. We are sure that the courts will give their consent for the Dussehra rally (at Shivaji Park),” said Shiv Sena leader and former minister Anil Parab Hindustan Times,
Another senior Shiv Sena leader said the party was “99.99 per cent sure” about the verdict in his favour, as it was his “natural claim” and because he had applied for it earlier. However, another leader admitted that the party would be in trouble if the court rejected his demand.
Meanwhile, Shinde camp spokesperson Kiran Pawaskar said that she would keep trying till the last minute to get Shivaji Park to organize it. Responding to the Thackeray camp’s claim of a ‘guerrilla strategy’, Pavaskar said his group has plans but would not be guerrillas if disclosed earlier.
In its letters rejecting the applications, the BMC cited the observations of Shivaji Park police station that “if any one applicant is allowed to hold the rally, it will lead to serious law and order problem in the sensitive area of Shivaji Park”. can cause. ,
On 22 August, Anil Desai of the Thackeray-led army had applied to the BMC for permission for Shivaji Park. On August 30, Shinde faction MLA Sada Sarvankar had also made a similar application. Following the BMC’s decision, the Bombay High Court on Thursday allowed the Thackeray-led Sena to amend its earlier petition challenging the denial of permission. In the original petition, the Shiv Sena had sought a direction to the BMC to decide on its application.
(with PTI inputs)
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