Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction has received permission from the MMRDA to hold its Dussehra rally at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) Ground in Mumbai, officials said.
MMRDA chief S V R Srinivas confirmed the development Monday and said they have granted permission to CM Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction for the Dussehra rally on October 5 at BKC Ground.
Speaking to the media, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant demanded that the Thackeray camp should also be allowed to use Shivaji Park as per the first-come, first-served formula applied by the MMRDA while granting permission to the Shinde faction. He said, “I have received the information that the MMRDA has given permission to their camp. And it was said that they filed the application first. If this is the case, Shiv Sena filed the application for Shiv Tirth first. That’s why we should get permission. This filthy politics should be stopped. From Shiv Sena’s formation till last year, every Dussehra rally has been held at Shiv Tirth”.
As of now, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is yet to take a call on the applications to hold the Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park. While the BMC has been ruled by the Uddhav Thackeray-led party for nearly three decades, it is currently being run by Administrator Iqbal Chahal after the expiry of the term of the civic body. The faceoff over the Dussehra rally assumes significance in the run-up to the BMC polls where both Shiv Sena factions are seeking to prove their strength.