Big blow to Shinde faction, Bombay HC allows Uddhav faction to hold Dussehra rally in Shivaji Park

On August 22, Anil Desai of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena applied for permission from the BMC to hold the rally in the iconic park. Later on August 30, the MLA of the Shinde faction also applied for permission from G-North ward of BMC to organize Dussehra rally.

New Delhi: There was a tussle between the Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray-led faction and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led faction over who will hold the Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai.


The BMC had rejected the applications of both the factions citing the law and order situation. Today the Bombay High Court has allowed the Uddhav faction to hold a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park on October 5. Shiv Sena has been holding the Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park since its inception.


Dussehra rally to be held in historic Shivaji Park on October 5 Uddhav and Shinde faction had sought permission to organize rally Shivsena has been holding annual Dussehra rally in Shivaji Park itself


'Whether approved or not, will hold Dussehra rally in Shivaji Park itself'

Earlier, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena had said that it would hold the party's annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park ground here if it gets the BMC's nod or not. A delegation of Shiv Sena leaders led by former Mumbai Mayor Milind Vaidya had met BMC officials to inquire about the status of their application for permission to hold the rally. He had said, "Whether we get permission or not, Shiv Sena workers of Balasaheb Thackeray will gather at Shivaji Park for the rally. The administration allow or deny us. We are very firm on our decision (to hold the rally at Shivaji Park)."


Vaidya had said, "Even if we don't get a reply, Balasaheb's Shiv Sena workers will gather at Shivaji Park for the Dussehra rally." The Uddhav Thackeray-led group and the rival camp led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had sought permission to hold a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai.


Uddhav faction had applied earlier

On August 22, Anil Desai of the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena applied for permission from the BMC to organize a rally at the iconic park in central Mumbai. Later on August 30, Shinde faction MLA Sada Sarvankar also applied for permission from the G-North ward of BMC to organize the Dussehra rally.


Uddhav Thackeray's government fell in June, to the ongoing conflict with the Shinde Group

In June this year, the Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government collapsed after a rebellion by the Eknath Shinde faction in Shiv Sena.


The Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance consisted of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress. Later Shinde took oath as Chief Minister and Devendra Fadnavis of BJP took oath as Deputy Chief Minister.