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MUMBAI: The High Court has accepted Thackeray’s Shiv Sena group’s plea to file an amendment petition in the wake of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s denial of permission sought for a Dussehra gathering at Shivaji Park.
Earlier, the petition had sought an order directing the Mumbai Municipal Corporation to decide on the permission application. Apart from this, permission was also sought to hold a rally in Shivaji Park. Therefore, the court allowed Thackeray Group to file an amended petition.
The Municipal Corporation had opposed the Thackeray Group’s demand for an amended petition, contending that since we had rejected the Thackeray Group’s plea, their plea had no merit. However, in the petition, the court has also sought permission to hold the meeting at Shivaji Park, Thackeray group lawyers pointed out to the court. A bench of Justice Ramesh Dhanuka and Justice Kamal Khata adjourned the case till Friday after allowing the Thackeray Group to file an amended petition.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s group has filed an arbitration petition opposing the Thackeray group’s request by local MLA Sada Saravankar. Saravankar has demanded that the Thackeray group’s plea be dismissed, alleging that Uddhav Thackeray’s group is misleading the court by claiming that his Shiv Sena is genuine. The petition alleges that the Uddhav Thackeray group has concealed the fact that the real Shiv Sena is being contested in the Central Election Commission and the Supreme Court. In this case, Saravankar has claimed in the petition that if this court allows Uddhav Thackeray’s group to hold the Dussehra gathering at Shivaji Park, then his group will be considered as the real Shiv Sena. He has also demanded a stay on Shiv Sena’s plea till the dispute is over.
Most MLAs are with Shinde group and Shinde is our main leader. So he has claimed that his group is the real Shiv Sena and has submitted an application to the Municipal Corporation asking us to allow him to hold the Dussehra gathering at Shivaji Park. The application has requested to allow its own application like every year.
Shiv Sena will hit the streets.?
Shiv Sena is ready to hit the streets if Shivaji Park is not available for Dussehra gatherings. The Shiv Sena has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking to acquire Shivaji Park and a decision is expected on Friday. Shiv Sena spokesperson Ed. Anil Prab said on Thursday.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s group had requested the Municipal Corporation to give the Shivaji Park ground for the meeting to confuse the Shiv Sena. Both the groups claimed for Shivaji Park fearing law and order disturbance and the Municipal Corporation rejected the request. Now Shiv Sena has knocked the door of High Court. But if the court does not order Shivaji Park for Shiv Sena meeting, Shiv Sena is ready to fight on the streets.
The court has so far ordered the Shiv Sena to provide the land. We hope for justice from the court. It is a Shiv Sena tradition to hold the Dussehra Mela at Shivaji Park. So we have not applied for any other ground, however the next stand will be decided after the court’s decision, Prab explained.