Both Shiv Sena factions denied nod to hold Dussehra rally at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday denied a nod to Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde factions for the Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai citing a police report which said that allowing a rally would lead to a law and order situation.
The police submitted a report to the BMC citing that an incident of firing had taken place on the premises of the Dadar police station on Ganpati visarjan day and there was lady tension in the area and if in these conditions, either faction is allowed to hold the Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park, then a serious law and order situation can arise.
The police recommended to the BMC that based on this law and order assessment, no permission should be given to either party to hold the Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park.
“Based on the police report, we have issued rejection letters to the Shiv Sena’s MP Anil Desai and the Shinde faction’s MLA Sada Sarvankar. The decision was based on the report from the police which stated that allowing a rally in an already tense Dadar area can lead to a serious law and order situation,” said a senior civic official.
While the police report mentions the September 9 firing incident in which Sarvankar was booked for allegedly firing a bullet ‘on the ground’ within the premises of the Dadar police station, the report doesn’t mention Sarvankar’s name.
The Uddhav-led Sena had moved Bombay high court urging direction to the BMC to forthwith grant permission for its annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park.
“There is no reason that the BMC is not granting permission. The application has to be decided forthwith,” advocate Joel Carlos told justices Ramesh Dhanuka and Kamal Khata while mentioning the matter and seeking date of hearing on Wednesday. The judges posted the hearing for Thursday.
With the BMC sitting on the applications of the Uddhav-led Sena and the Shinde faction, for close to a month, a Sena delegation met officials of the BMC’s G-North ward on Tuesday.
Former Sena corporator Milind Vaidya who is with the Uddhav camp met assistant municipal commissioner Prashant Sakpale who told the delegation that the BMC was yet to receive an opinion from its law department on which faction should get permission to hold the annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park.
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 permission should be given to the local MLA of the Sena who has successfully applied for permission for the Dussehra rally in the past, which in this case is rebel Sena MLA Sarvankar.
“Now that the police report has come citing that a law and order situation will arise if permission is given, there is no need for any law department opinion. We have rejected the applications of both factions based on the police report,” said the official.



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