Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde clarified that he will not challenge the verdict of Bombay High Court in the Supreme Court allowing the Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena to hold Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai.
“We respect the Bombay High Court’s decision and will not challenge it in Supreme Court,” said Shinde.
Earlier the High Court had pronounced the decision in favour of former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
The HC also turned down the request of Shiv Sena’s Shinde faction who pleaded that no decision should be given on the matter until the dispute over party’s claim ends.
However, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had denied the permission to both sections of Shiv Sena to organise rally at Shivaji Park. The Mumbai’s civic body feared violation of law and order if granted permission to any of the group.
BMC’s response came after the Mumbai police raised concerns over state’s peace in the matter.
Unacceptable to the Thackeray’s Shiv Sena group, a petition was filed that challenged BMC’s decision. During that time, the Shinde faction had also made an intervention plea.
The Dusshera rally is an important event for the entire Shiv Sena as the party has been holding the procession since 1996 at Shivaji Park.
This year, holding the rally is rather complicated due to a divide in party as Eknath Shinde parted ways with Uddhav Thackeray.
Tables were turned in Maharashtra when incumbent Eknath Shinde staked claim to have more Shivseniks on his side than then CM Uddhav Thackeray.
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