Mumbai civic body denies permission to Shiv Sena for Dusserah rally at Shivaji Park

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday denied permission to the Shiv Sena to hold a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai.

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The two factions of Shiv Sena under Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray had submitted separate letters to the BMC to hold the Dussehra rally.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday denied permission to the Shiv Sena to hold a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai. The civic body cited law and order concerns for its decision.

Permission was denied to both the Uddhav and Shinde factions of the party. The two factions had submitted separate letters to the BMC to conduct the rally.

UDDHAV VS SHINDE FOR DUSSEHRA RALLY

The BMC's decision comes a day after the Uddhav faction moved the Bombay High Court seeking permission to hold the annual Dussehra rally that will be organised on October 5 this year. The Uddhav camp had also submitted a letter to the G-north ward office of the BMC earlier this month on the rally.

A week after the Uddhav camp approached the BMC, MLA Sada Sarvankar from the Shinde camp also wrote to the civic authorities claiming Shivaji Park ground for the Dussehra rally.

The petition filed by the Uddhav faction stated that a Dussehra rally was held at the Shivaji Park ever since the party was instituted in 1966. It further said that even when the issue of Shivaji Park being a recreational ground where such events should not be held was raging, the Bombay High Court had granted the party permission to hold the rally from 2015 to 2019.

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