A delegation from the Uddhav Thackeray camp, led by a senior party official and former Mayor Milind Vaidya, met with G-North ward officials on Tuesday afternoon after the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) accepted the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde faction's request to hold the Dussehra rally at Bandra-Kurla Complex.
The group wanted to know how their request for permission to organise the event in Shivaji Park was progressing. The senior civic official explained that the decision has not yet been made because they are awaiting the legal department's advice. "According to what was said, the applications for the Dussehra rally in Shivaji Park have been referred to the legal department for review. But Shivsainiks will nonetheless congregate at Shivaji Park for the rally even if we don't get permission" Vaidya stated.
Kishori Pednekar, a former mayor, said: "Sending the application to the legal department wasn't necessary. Since its beginning, the Dussehra rally has been held in Shivaji Park by the Shiv Sena. We are confident that we will be granted permission to hold the rally, so who are the local authorities frightened of?" Nobody can prevent us from holding the protest.
Prashant Sapkale, the Assistant Municipal Commissioner for G-North
, stated in the meantime that "no decision has yet been made" because the applications had not yet been referred to the legal department for an opinion. Both the Uddhav Thackrey and Shinde factions of the Shiv Sena
requested approval to stage a Dussehra demonstration in Shivaji Park. However, the BMC has asked its law department for a legal opinion on both proposals. The local government officials are attempting to determine how prior licences for Dussehra gatherings were granted.