Dussehra rally in Shivaji Park: BMC denies nod to both factions of Shiv Sena

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When Mumbai police raised public order concerns, the Brihanmumbai Municipality on Thursday denied permission to Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and the faction of Maharashtra’s chief minister, Eknath Shinde, to hold a Dussehra rally. at the iconic Shivaji Park on October 5.

BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal told PTI that the administration has denied permission to both factions of the party to hold a rally in Shivaji Park to mark Dussehra on Oct. 5, as the Shivaji Park police said in their feedback that the permission for the rally to either of the two factions could lead to a “serious public order problem in the sensitive Shivaji Park area”.

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The city council has sent letters to both factions of the parties about the decision.

Anil Desi of the Uddhav faction requested permission from BMC to hold a rally at Shivaji Park on August 22. A few days later, on August 30, MLA Sada Sarvankar of the Shinde faction also asked for a nod from the G-North branch of the civil body for holding the Dussehra rally in the park.

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“Although both of the opposing applicants have applied for permission to hold the Dussehra rally in the Shivaji Maharaj Park Maidan, it could cause a serious public order problem in the sensitive area if any of the applicants get permission to hold the rally . from Shivaji Park,” BMC’s said in a letter to both factions.

Interestingly, the faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde got the BMC nod last week for holding a rally at the MMRDA grounds in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai.

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On Thursday, MLA Sada Sarvankar (Shinde faction) also filed a petition with the Bombay Supreme Court not to hear or decide on the Uddhav-led faction’s plea for permission to hold their annual Dussehra rally in Shivaji Park. . He argued that any decision by the Supreme Court could hamper the ongoing dispute over who represents the “real Shiv Sena”.

In his application, Sarvankar, Dadar’s MLA in Mumbai also referred to Maharashtra Chief Minister as the “Mukyaneta of Shiv Sena.”

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