Mumbai: BMC slams Shivaji Park door on both Shiv Sena factions | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: The BMC on Thursday rejected the applications of both Shiv Sena factions for permission to hold their respective Dussehra rallies at Shivaji Park on the grounds that allowing a rally there either by the Uddhav Thackeray camp or the Eknath Shinde team would lead to a law and order situation.
The civic body cited a police report, which spoke of law and order concerns, to say no to the rival factions. The Dadar police submitted a report to the BMC stating that an incident of firing had taken place in the premises of Shivaji Park police station on the final day of Ganeshotsav.
“If any one faction is given permission, then in the already tense Shivaji Park area, a serious law and order situation can arise,” the BMC’s letter to rebel Sena MLA Sada Sarvankar quoted the police report as saying.
Civic officials said they had issued rejection letters to Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai of the Uddhav faction and Sarvankar on the Shinde side.
While the Thackeray camp had applied for permission on August 22, the Shinde faction put in its application on August 30. The Thackeray-led Sena had on Wednesday moved the Bombay HC urging it to direct the BMC to forthwith permit its annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park.
Law dept’s opinion not needed on rally in light of police report: BMC
The BMC has cited a police report on law and order to deny both Sena factions permission to hold a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park. While the report mentions the September 9 firing incident in which Mahim MLA Sada Sarvankar was booked for allegedly firing a bullet ‘on the ground’ within the premises of Shivaji Park police station, it doesn’t mention Sarvankar’s name. The Shinde camp had applied for MMRDA grounds at BKC as a back-up option for its Dussehra rally, and MMRDA granted permission to it last week.
The Uddhav faction too had applied for another plot on the MMDRA grounds, but MMRDA denied approval to it, saying that plot had already been taken for that day. A civic official pointed out that while the BMC was looking at a ‘first come first served’ policy to give permission to the Uddhav camp for Shivaji Park, another view was that approval should be granted to the local MLA of the Sena, who had successfully applied for permission for the Dussehra rally in the past.
The local MLA in this case is the rebel camp’s Sarvankar. As BMC sat for nearly a month on the applications, a Thackeray Sena delegation had met officials of BMC’s GNorth ward on Tuesday. ExSena corporator Milind Vaidya led the delegation and met AMC Prashant Sakpale, who told them BMC was yet to receive an opinion from its law department on which faction should get permission. “But once the police report was received citing that a law and order situation would arise if permission was given, there was no need for any law department opinion. We have rejected the applications based on the police report,” said the official. Sudhir Mungantiwar, BJP leader and state forest minister, had said on September 7 that “the administration may reject applications of both the sides.”

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