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Statement of the Minister of Maharashtra, said – no decision was taken on the application of Dussehra rally
Uddhav Thackeray, Eknath Shinde both factions have applied, but may be rejected
The term of BMC ends, the state administrators are managing the affairs

Mumbai . Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Maharashtra minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said on Wednesday that the administration may reject the applications of both the Shiv Sena camps for holding a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to take any decision on the applications filed for holding the annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park. Dussehra rally is a major event in the annual calendar of Shiv Sena since the time of late Bal Thackeray.

The situation has changed after Eknath Shinde with 40 MLAs revolted against Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and claimed the party and (party’s) election symbol. The factions led by Chief Minister Shinde and Uddhav have made separate applications to the BMC for permission to hold the Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park. “The administration can reject the applications of both the parties and ask them to hold their respective rallies in some other public places,” Mungantiwar told reporters.

BMC’s term ends, state administrators are managing

BMC has been ruled by Shiv Sena for almost three decades. Currently, its affairs are being managed by a state administrator as the term of the BMC is over and the election schedule has not been announced yet. Mungantiwar, who handled the forest department in the government led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, also said that the Shiv Sena’s election symbol belongs to the Shinde camp.

The election symbol of a party is that of its members.

He said, “Eknath Shinde had requested in the Supreme Court to ban the symbol of Shiv Sena. I feel that the election symbol of the party belongs to its members and it is not the property of any individual. If Shinde has the support of 40 MLAs of the original Shiv Sena, then he has the right to claim the symbol. Mungantiwar said that the election symbol is not an asset which cannot be claimed by outsiders. Senior BJP leader Fadnavis rubbished allegations that the civic body was blocking all grounds for the Dussehra rally. “The state government has not blocked any Aadhaar,” he said in Nagpur. Permission will be given as per rules.

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