The Bombay High Court on Friday granted permission to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena to hold its annual Dussehra rally (melawa) at Shivaji Park on October 5.
The court comprising of Justices R.D. Dhanuka and Kamal Khata said, “Any law-and-order situation would affect their permission in future and the entire function will be video recorded.”
Earlier Thursday, the BMC refused permission to hold a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park. The court said, “The decision taken by BMC is not a bona fide.”
The court allowed the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena to use the Shivaji Park ground from October 2 to 6 while asking to maintain law and order.
We spoke to Shiv Sena leader Dr Neelam Gorhe she said, “We are happy with the court decision and respect it. We will make sure no one faces any difficulty and will follow all the guidelines given by the court.”
Anil Parab, Shiv Sena leader told us, “Since 1966, Shiv Sena has been organising the rally. Due to a 2-year COVID gap, this rally has not happened. This time, BMC has rejected this rally, but the court gave permission to conduct the rally.”
The Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena is planning to file a fresh plea at the Supreme Court.
“It’s a democracy and everyone has the right to go to the Supreme Court. The Court will take the right decision. We believe we will win that fight too, said Dr Gorhe on the Shinde faction plans to move to SC.
Parab said, “If they want to go to the Supreme Court, it’s not a problem. We will represent our point and win the case.”