Sena moves court for Dussehra rally

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Mumbai, Sep 21 : The Udhav Thackery-led Shiv Sena on Wednesday moved the Bombay High Court seeking directions to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to grant permission for its annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park.

The petition urges the court to tell the BMC to give permission for the October 5 rally within three days. The petition was mentioned before Justices R D Dhanuka and Kamal Khata seeking urgent hearing.

The plea states that Shiv Sena was formed as a political party in 1966 by the late Balasaheb Thackeray. Since then the Sena has been holding its “Dussehra Melawa” at Shivaji Park.

The Shiv Sena made an application to BMC on August 22 and 26 to hold the rally on October 5 this year. “However, although more than 20 days have elapsed, the respondents (BMC) have not responded and granted the usual permission,” the petition said.

It was also submitted that there is no reason for BMC to not grant permission. The application has to be decided forthwith. According to the petition, for the rally, party workers and leaders throughout Maharashtra arrive at Shivaji Park “without any formal invitation”.

Along with the application, the party also submitted an undertaking of compliance with various provisions of law. The plea highlights that never has there been any violation of conditions or disruption of law and order situation on account of the Dussehra rally.


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