Shiv Sena denied permission for Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park, again
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For the third consecutive year, BMC has denied permission to the ruling Shiv Sena to hold its annual Dussehra rally at the iconic Shivaji Park in central Mumbai.
Since the ground was declared a silence zone in 2010, it has repeatedly denied permission to Sena for the rally, which has been synonymous with the party since its foundation. Dussehra falls on October 24 this year.
Locals had approached the court to ensure the playground is notified a 'silence zone'.
Advocate and Member of Legislative Council Anil Parab said they would challenge the decision next week. "The same reason has been given that the ground is a silence zone and the rally cannot be organised," he said.
Earlier this year, a plea by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray to hold an election rally at Shivaji Park was also rejected.
He had questioned the permission to the Sena Dussehra rally while his party was denied it. While granting permission to Sena, the court had asked it to ensure sound levels from the ground do no cross 50 decibels.
Barring the two years when he could not attend the rally due to poor health, Sena chief Bal Thackeray has been addressing crowds from the iconic ground every year. Activists had found the rally last year violated noise norms.
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