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The Bombay High Court order in favor of Uddhav Thackeray was a huge morale booster for his groupSEDI News

Uddhav Thackeray seems to have landed on his feet again as the Bombay High Court allowed his Shiv Sena faction to hold its annual Dussehra rally at Mumbai’s iconic Shivaji Park on October 5 this year.

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This is a clear morale booster for Vijay Thackeray and his supporters who have been fighting the fractured Eknath Shinde faction for legitimacy since June this year.

Thackeray has filed a petition in the Supreme Court to revoke the recognition of MLAs allied with Shinde but in the absence of that ruling, today’s Bombay High Court decision effectively gives legitimacy to the Uddhav-led Shiv Sena as a parent party.

The court rejected the intervention by Sada Saravankar of the Shinde group, saying it was not related to the political tussle between the two groups, and allowed Uddhav on the basis of right to practice.

The Shiv Sena, founded by Uddhav’s father Bal Thackeray, has been holding its annual Dussehra Mela (Dusshera Milan or Meet) at Shivaji Park since 1966. However, in the early decades of this century, the Bombay High Court banned non-sporting activities. Shivaji Park (it is a popular ground for cricket practice) and banned political parties from allocating the ground regularly for their power displays.

But later, due to opposition from political parties, the High Court agreed to hear applications for permission on a case-by-case basis and gave the city people 45 days to hold non-sports events at Shivaji Park every year, including political rallies. .

For four years before Bal Thackeray’s death, the Shiv Sena sought and obtained such permission. Thackeray’s funeral, a huge affair in 2012, in which nearly two lakh people gathered in Bombay and packed all the surrounding streets, was also held at Shivaji Park, which was integral to the birth and growth of the Shiv Sena through events including election rallies. In this park.

However, later, the Prithviraj Chavan-led Congress government in Maharashtra denied the Shiv Sena permission to build a memorial for Bal Thackeray where he was cremated in the grounds. Later, on the suggestion of the then Union Minister Sharad Pawar, the monument was permanently shifted to the Mumbai Mayor’s bungalow opposite it.

The incoming Devendra Fadnavis government backed that proposal and earmarked annual funds for the memorial to rebuild ties with the Shiv Sena after breaking the 25-year-old alliance in 2014.

In 2016, the government directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to allow regular Dussehra fairs every year on application for permission. It was Fadnavis’ olive branch in trying to keep his fellow party calm and satisfied with the alliance.

It was this directive that was issued today in defense of the rally and a division bench of Justices RD Dhanuka and Kamal Khata dismissed the BMC case that there could be a clash between the two groups that could create a law and order situation.

The BMC’s act of rejection seemed motivated as they sat on Shiv Sena’s plea for nearly ten days while Saravankar’s similar plea on behalf of the Shinde group was rejected within two hours.

Although the Shiv Sena rules the corporation, an administrator, a former municipal commissioner who is responsible to the government, is running its affairs, with the body dissolved when a full term and fresh elections are overdue.

So it is not surprising that Thackeray’s application was rejected along with Shinde’s application.

However, the court was not convinced by the BMC’s decision or the police’s apprehension that a clash might occur as there has never been violence in or around the park for six decades of annual Dussehra rallies.

Politically, the court’s decision will strengthen Uddhav Thackeray’s bid for legitimacy among Shiv Sena supporters and is a slap in the face of the Shinde faction.

Earlier, the Shinde group was given permission to hold its first Dussehra rally at BKC Maidan in the suburb of Bandra where most political rallies have been shifted in view of the High Court’s cutbacks on Shivaji Park.

However, Uddhav has been repeating for almost a month that with or without permission, he will hold his rally at Shivaji Park and he has already activated all of them. maybe to gather in parks on Vijaya Dashami across the state.

The latest statement came barely two days ago on Wednesday when Uddhav addressed a rally gat pramukhs In which he tore into Shinde with a mixture of sarcasm and profanity.

“We had heard about gangs kidnapping children, but this is the first time a child (Olad) seems to be trying to kidnap the father,” he said in reference to Shinde declaring his party as the Shiv Sena Bal Thackeray Party.

He did not spare Union Home Minister Amit Shah either. Shah, during his visit to Mumbai for Ganapati Darshan, called on his party workers to teach Uddhav Thackeray a lesson for betraying his alliance.

“There are many foxes (Gidar) are wandering in Maharashtra these days and Shah is one of them,” he said in his late father’s style that is fondly remembered by Shiv Sainiks.

Uddhav Shinde refers to the group as the ‘Mind’ group (rhymes with Shinde) – roughly translated into Hindi/Urdu as ‘Ahsan Farmosh’ or a traitor.

Shinde, who has been camping in New Delhi for the past few days, gave this kind of reply. “We know who is the ‘mind’ who broke alliance with BJP to form alliance with Congress and NCP. Calling us father-kidnappers? We will show them who their real father is,” he said.

Clearly, today’s moral victory over the legal basis of the right of succession is an acknowledgment that the son is the rightful political heir of the father.