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Uddhav-led Sena seeks Bombay HC intervention to hold Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park

The Shiv Sena faction led by former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has moved the Bombay High Court seeking its intervention to hold the annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park.

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 Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena moves bombay High Court to seek nod for Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai
Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena said that the party was holding the Dussehra rally every year at the Shivaji Park since 1966 (File)

By Vidya : The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena on Wednesday moved the Bombay High Court seeking permission to hold its annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai.

Joel Carlos, the petitioner's lawyer, raised the matter before the bench of Justices RD Dhanuka and Kamal Khata. Carlos stated that the BMC had no reason to deny permission and that the application needed to be decided immediately.

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The court then ruled that the case is urgent and scheduled a hearing for September 22.

The plea filed by ‘Shiv Sena, a registered political party’ and its secretary, Anil Desai, stated that in 1966, when Shiv Sena was formed as a political party, even at that time, a Dussehra rally was held.

Highlighting the time and life of its founder, Bal Thackeray, the plea said that he thought it fitting that a public meeting or rally should be organised for informing the people of Maharashtra about the party's future goals and policies. Accordingly, on October 20, 1966, the Shiv Sena's first Dussehra Melawa was held on the auspicious day of Dussehra/Vijayadashimi at Dadar Shivaji Park.

Since then, the party has held a rally at Shivaji Park every year. In 1989, the party was registered, and 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.

The plea further stated that the party had filed an application on August 22 and 26 for permission to hold a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park after two years of lockdown. However, the party received no reply from the corporation.

"For the purposes of holding its usual Dussehra Melawa/rally at Shivaji Park on October 5, 2022, from 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm, the petitioners made applications to the BMC for grant of permission on August 22 and August 26, 2022," the plea said, adding, "However, despite the fact that more than 20 days have elapsed and the scheduled date is only a fortnight away, the BMC has yet to respond or grant the said permission."

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