Mumbai, Sep 23 (PTI) Maharashtra Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Friday welcomed the Bombay High Court’s decision to allow the annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai, saying he had faith in the judiciary. has become stronger.
At the same time Shiv Sena’s ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has also welcomed this decision.
Thackeray said it was the Maharashtra government’s responsibility to maintain law and order during the October 5 rally and hoped that the state administration would fulfill its responsibility.
On the court’s verdict, Thackeray said, “Our faith in the judiciary has become stronger. We have not stopped celebrating Vijaya Dashami at Shivaji Park since the party’s inception, only the celebration was not during Corona.”
Uddhav Thackeray has requested the Shivsinks to maintain discipline in the Dussehra rally and uphold the pride of the decades-old tradition.
Significantly, both factions of the Shiv Sena (the faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde led by Thackeray) sought permission to hold a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park on October 5, following which both approached the court.
Shinde Group spokesperson Kiran Pavskar said they are considering filing an appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision.
At the same time, other Shiv Sena leaders loyal to Thackeray also welcomed the court’s decision.
Welcoming the decision, party spokesperson Manisha Kayande said that this year’s Dussehra rally, held after two years due to Covid, will be spectacular.
He claimed that there must have been some pressure on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), due to which permission was denied to him.
Shiv Sena secretary Vinayak Rawat said, “We have faith in the judiciary. Dussehra rallies have been held at ‘Shiv Tirth’ (Shiv Sena calls it Shivaji Park) for the past several years, but this year the Shinde faction and the BJP tried to create a ruckus together. Thankfully, the court rejected it.
The Shiv Sena faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had also sought permission to hold a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park on October 5.
However, the BMC refused permission to both the factions saying that giving permission from either side could create law and order problems.
Justice R. A division bench of D Dhanuka and Justice Kamal Khata allowed a petition by the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction and its secretary Anil Desai, challenging the order of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The court said the BMC’s order was a “clear abuse of process of law”.
The bench allowed the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena to use Shivaji Park from October 2 to 6, but asked it to maintain law and order.
Along with this, senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar has also expressed happiness over the court’s decision.
Speaking to reporters in Pune, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Pawar said that those who want to hear Chief Minister Shinde’s speech can go to Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), while those who want to attend Thackeray’s rally. They should approach Shivaji Park.
It is noteworthy that Shiv Sena’s Shinde-led faction has been given permission to use BKC grounds.
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