Archive image of Uddhav and Aditya Thackeray during a Dussehra rally. PTIA
New Delhi: As a great relief to the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of Shiv Sena, the Bombay Supreme Court has allowed them to hold a Dussehra rally in Shivaji Park on October 5. They have also given permission to use the park from 2 October for the preparations.
A department bench of judges RD Dhanuka and Kamal Khata heard the petition on Friday and set aside BMC’s order to deny permission and ordered the civil body to grant permission from October 2-6.
BMC refuses permission
Earlier, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had denied permission to both the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and the rival faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to hold a Dussehra meeting on the grounds of Shivaji Park, citing to public order concerns. The dispute over the iconic location was then moved to Bombay High Court.
The Uddhav Thackeray faction insisted it would hold the annual event at Shivaji Park despite the denial of permission, while accusing the BMC of following the BJP’s script.
Tradition of Dussehra rally
Founded by Bal Thackeray, the Shiv Sena has been holding its annual Dussehra rally in Shivaji Park since 1966, excluding the last two years of the coronavirus pandemic, it said.
Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Zone-2) on Wednesday, in separate letters to the two factions, denied permission to use the land in the Dadar area of central Mumbai.
Shinde faction chooses MMRDA ground
The Shinde faction had gotten the nod last week for holding the rally at the MMRDA grounds in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) on the same day, October 5, as an alternative.
The Thackeray group has also requested permission from the BMC to hold its meeting at the MMRDA site, although Uddhav Thackeray promised to hold the event at Shivaji Park on Wednesday.
In the letters rejecting the applications, the BMC quoted comments from the Shivaji Park Police Station that “if any of the applicants are allowed to hold the rally, it could cause a serious public order problem in the sensitive area of Shivaji.” Park. ”.
How it all started
On August 22, Anil Desai of the Thackeray-led Sena had requested permission from the BMC for Shivaji Park. On August 30, MLA Sada Sarvankar of the Shinde faction also filed a similar application.
Following the BMC’s decision, the Bombay Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the Thackeray-led Sena to amend its previous petition to challenge the denial of consent. In the original petition, the Sena had asked the BMC for a designation to decide on its application.
The Real Shiv Sena
Sarvankar had also filed a petition against the Thackeray-led Sena’s petition stating that whoever represents the “real Shiv Sena” was pending in the Supreme Court, and therefore the Supreme Court should not hear or give instructions on the current petition .
Senior lawyer Aspi Chinoy for the Thackeray faction said the issue of the real Shiv Sena is out of the question and claimed Sarvankar filed the intervention application to cover up the matter. “The commissioner officially accepts that the permission has been requested by Shiv Sena. The purpose of this intervention application is that the issue here loses focus and becomes a political brawl,” Chinoy reported. Live right.
With input from agencies
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