Citing a high court order declaring it as a silence zone, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has denied the Shiv Sena permission to hold its annual Dussehra rally at Dadar's Shivaji Park.
However, like it does every year, the Sena will now be approaching the Bombay high court for permissions to hold the rally.
The upcoming rally assumes added significance for the party as recent developments have meant that anxious Sainiks will be keenly watching this rally. For one, Sena chief Bal Thackeray and his son and party
executive president Uddhav have had bouts of serious ill health. To add to it, speculation has been rife about the father-son duo moving closer to Raj Thackeray, Uddhav's estranged cousin and chief of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, its bitter rival.
While G North ward officer MS Vibhute did not respond to calls, standing committee chairman and Sena corporator Rahul Shewale confirmed that permission had been denied. Shewale said, "We have got an official intimation from the BMC about permission being denied to us. Hence, we will now be approaching the high court for permission to hold the rally."
Last year, the Sena had been found to be violating silence zone norms when activist Sumaira Abdulali of Awaaz Foundation showed that the noise from the rally was well past 50 decibels, the limit that has been set by the high court for a silence zone.