Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s plan: Move Bombay HC or defiantly hold rally at Shivaji Park | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: With the BMC sitting on the applications of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and CM Eknath Shinde‘s faction for close to a month, the Thackeray team has drawn out a two-pronged plan to ensure it holds its annual Dussehra rally at the iconic ground. It is likely to move the Bombay high court if the BMC rejects permission or delays it any further. Its other strategy is to go ahead with the rally without permission.
A senior Sena functionary said, “We had applied for permission on August 22, and it has been almost a month since. The BMC had initially claimed the application would be examined after the Ganpati festival. Now it has been 10 days after the end of the Ganpati festival, but still no decision has been taken. This is nothing but a delaying tactic. We will be moving the HC soon if the application is rejected or if there is unfair delay.”
BMC to go over permissions it granted in past to Sena rallies
The tussle to hold the Shiv Sena’s annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park is becoming more intense. For the Uddhav Thackeray faction, MP Vinayak Raut on August 22 asked for the BMC’s nod, while for CM Eknath Shinde’s group, Mahim MLA Sada Sarvankar applied for permission on August 30.
Meanwhile, the BMC has sought legal opinion from its law department on the two applications received from the rival factions. Senior civic officials said that a factual report from the BMC’s G-North ward, under which Shivaji Park falls, was sought to examine how permissions for the previous Dussehra rallies were given. A senior civic official said that a view on which of the two factions should get approval is expected this week.
An official pointed out that while the BMC was looking at the ‘first come first served’ policy to give permission to the Uddhav camp, another view was that approval should be given to the local MLA of the Sena who has successfully applied for permission for the Dussehra rally in the past. The MLA in this case is Sarvankar, who has joined the Shinde group.
The Shinde group had also applied for the MMRDA grounds at BKC, after which the Thackeray team applied for another plot on the same grounds. The MMRDA has given the Shinde faction its nod for Dussehra, while the Thackeray faction’s application was turned down saying the plot it had asked for had already been taken for that day.
Sena MP Arvind Sawant of the Thackeray group said, “Since they (Shinde faction) filed the application first, they got permission first -this criterion has been set by MMRDA. If you apply the same criterion, we should get permission to hold our Dussehra gathering at Shivaji Park. The kind of politics being practised now is not in Maharashtra‘s culture. Elections are still far away. The rallies are part of Sena’s culture. After Balasaheb, only Uddhavji has been addressing the rally there. There is still time, and we are confident we will get permission. There is political pressure, so for no reason permission is being held back. We know who is pulling the strings and whose script is being read out.”
Last week, Thackeray had reiterated the Sena would hold its Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park, while rebel Sena MLA Bharat Gogawale said that ifthey did not get Shivaji Park, they would organize their rally at BKC.

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