If seen, the Eknath Shinde faction has staked its claim on the Shiv Sena and the battle has reached the Supreme Court and the Election Commission. A decision from there will take time, so now Shinde has made up his mind to take this fight to the people’s court.
The festival of Dussehra i.e. Vijayadashami will be celebrated on October 5. This festival has different importance in everyone’s life and when it comes to political parties, this day has a very special significance for Shiv Sena. Since 1966, the Shiv Sena organizes a massive rally at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park on Dussehra, drawing lakhs of party workers from across the state. All eyes are also on the Shiv Sena president’s address at the Dussehra rally as he is giving hints and messages about the politics ahead. But this is happening for the first time in the history of Shiv Sena when the party’s annual rally itself has been put in jeopardy.
In fact, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who gave a jolt to Uddhav Thackeray by rebelling against the Shiv Sena and forming his own faction and forming the government with the BJP, is now going to create yet another new history. Eknath Shinde took charge of the government after removing Uddhav Thackeray, but now it is his turn to remove Uddhav Thackeray from the post of party president and become Shiv Sena president himself. If seen, the Eknath Shinde faction has staked its claim on the Shiv Sena and the battle has reached the Supreme Court and the Election Commission. A decision from there will take time, so now Shinde has made up his mind to take this fight to the people’s court. Yes, while the Thackeray family has been organizing the Dussehra rally so far, the Eknath Shinde group has also made preparations to hold a rally.
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Let us tell you that this rally is considered the most important event in Shiv Sena’s political calendar and this tradition of the party has been going on for many decades. But, this year there are two contenders for this rally – Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde. Uddhav Thackeray is saying that his party will hold a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park as before, while Eknath Shinde’s group is also determined to hold a rally at Shivaji Park on Dussehra. Recently, Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aditya Thackeray alleged that there was a problem in approving the party’s application for the rally.
A Mumbai civic body has said it has received applications from Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde factions to “book” Shivaji Park for the Dussehra rally. An official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said, “We received two applications last month to book Shivaji Park for the Dussehra rally. The first petition was received on 22nd August which was sent by the Thackeray group of Shiv Sena and the second petition was sent by the Shinde group before Ganeshotsav. The civic body has not yet taken any decision on any of the applications. If seen, there is also a religious crisis in front of the civic body as one side which allowed the rally to be held will be opposed by the other side, which may lead to a conflict situation.
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Meanwhile, while the BJP is silent on the entire issue, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has advised Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to avoid going on the path of conflict at Shiv Sena’s annual Dussehra rally. “The chief minister should avoid the path of conflict and take everyone along,” Pawar said. But on Pawar’s advice, Shinde group spokesperson Naresh Mhske responded, “When then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was arrested while having lunch with Union Minister Narayan Rane. Did Pawar advise Thackeray to avoid confrontation? When ‘Yuvraj’ (Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray’s (clear reference) comments against Shinde, did Pawar ask him to exercise restraint, he said.
However, looking at the situation, it can be said that a new war script has been written between Uddhav and Shinde. If Uddhav Thackeray cannot hold Shiv Sena’s annual rally at Shivaji Park and Eknath Shinde does rally there, it will send a big political message. Uddhav Thackeray is already politically weakened as Shiv Sena president as most of the party’s MLAs and MPs have severed ties with him. If Uddhav Thackeray is given permission for the Dussehra rally, he can use it to increase his strength. Realizing this, the Eknath Shinde group is taking steps with full force while strategizing ahead. It remains to be seen which direction Maharashtra politics will take.
– Neeraj Kumar Dubey