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Shivaji Park all set for Shiv Sena’s Dussehra rally amid Thackeray, Shinde political war

Every year, a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Dadar has been a tradition since the inception of the Shiv Sena party.

Several teams of Mumbai Police and other home guards have already been deployed near the rally ground.

Every year, a Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Dadar has been a tradition since the inception of the Shiv Sena party. However, this year, Mumbai will witness two Sena rallies – one organised by the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and another one by the Eknath Shinde-faction on October 5.

Earlier, both factions had applied for permission to organise the Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park. While the Eknath Shinde faction has got permission for the rally at BKC ground, the Uddhav-led Sena faction has got approval from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to organise the Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park.

As the country celebrates Dussehra, Mumbai will witness a battle royale of sorts. A political fight between two leaders who till not very long ago were together under the same political umbrella.

Things have changed dramatically over the months. Uddhav’s trusted aide is now his archenemy, claiming to be the original Shiv Sena. And now Uddhav Thackeray has to ensure he’s still the leader who commands the support of the majority.

And so today, it’s become a fight for existence, recognition and survival. The political slugfest will be keenly watched by one and all.

Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will take on his former trusted aide and the present Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. Just like the late Balasaheb Thackeray, known for his fiery speeches, the supporters expect the same from Uddhav Thackeray as well. Supporters from several parts of the state have gathered at the historic Shivaji Park.

“We are the real Shiv Sena. Those who have gone to the Shinde camp are traitors who have forgotten the teachings of Balasaheb Thackeray. We have come to hear what our leader has to say. He will give a befitting reply today,” said a supporter from the Amrawati district.

Another supporter said he had come all the way from Beed district. “I have come on my own. I didn’t take any money from the party. It’s my love and trust in Uddhav Thackeray that made me travel all the way. Uddhav Thackeray said that if you want to come, then come or else see the programme on TV. There was no force or lure on any of us. Uddhav Thackeray knows we are party loyalists.”

Several teams of Mumbai Police and other home guards have already been deployed near the rally ground. Several ambulances have also been placed in case of an emergency. Pandals have been created to cater to the food and water needs of the supporters.

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