Dussehra Shiv Sena Rallies: Shinde Accuses Uddhav of 'Selling' Balasaheb’s Ideology; Ex-CM Says 'Ravan is Different This Time'

In a 'rally of rivals', Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray launched attacks on the Shinde faction

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Last Updated: October 05, 2022, 23:46 IST

New Delhi, India

In a veiled dig at Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s camp, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray said ‘Ravan is different this time’ during his address at Shivaji Park ground in Mumbai. Two Dussehra rallies were held in Mumbai on Wednesday by the Shiv Sena’s rival factions, led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray. The Uddhav Thackeray faction was scheduled to hold its Read More

Oct 05, 2022 23:45 IST

‘Kattappa’, ‘Ravan’: Sena vs Sena Row Snowballs on Dussehra As Shinde, Uddhav Trade Blistering Barbs

The festival of Dussehra witnessed the ongoing political rivalry between two Shiv Sena factions going to a next level with Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his former boss Uddhav Thackeray claiming to be “real” Shiv Sena in parallel Dusshera rallies where they both slammed each other for betrayal. READ MORE

Oct 05, 2022 22:19 IST

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Oct 05, 2022 22:15 IST

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Oct 05, 2022 22:02 IST

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Shiv Sena supporters pictured during their Dussehra Rally at Dadar, in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

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'Himachal's Devniti Lesson for Our Rajniti': In Kullu for Dussehra, PM Modi Tweets about Tradition, Tourism

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Oct 05, 2022 21:36 IST

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Oct 05, 2022 21:34 IST

Modi Fulfilled Balasaheb's Dream: CM Shinde Attacks Uddhav Thackeray

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Oct 05, 2022 21:30 IST

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Oct 05, 2022 21:20 IST

Uddhav's Faction Performs Ravan Dahan at Shivaji Park in Mumbai | WATCH

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Oct 05, 2022 21:12 IST

Shiv Sena had to forgo Hindutva Due to Alliance: Eknath Shinde

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Oct 05, 2022 21:08 IST

'Can't Even Keep Family Intact...': Ramdas Kadam Slams Uddhav Thackeray

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Oct 05, 2022 21:04 IST

Kneel Down to Bal Thackeray's Memorial & Apologise for Betraying: Shinde

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Oct 05, 2022 20:58 IST

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Maharashtra voters elected you and BJP in Assembly elections, but you betrayed people by allying with Congress and NCP, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said in his speech addressed against Uddhav Thackeray during the Dussehra rally at MMRDA ground in Mumbai.

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True Legacy of Balasaheb is Legacy of Ideology; Betrayal Happened in 2019: Shinde

Hitting back at Uddhav Thackeray’s “backstabbing” jibe, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde during his Dussehra rally in MMRDA ground in Mumbai said, “The true legacy of Balasaheb is the legacy of ideology. Our ideology will not change. Betrayal has happened but it has happened in 2019. During campaigning, photos of Babasaheb Thackeray and Narendra Modi were put together. You betrayed the people of Maharashtra. What we have done is a revolution.”

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rally at the historic Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai, a venue associated with the Shiv Sena since its inception in 1966. The rebel group led by Shinde will hold their event at the MMRDA ground at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC).

For the first time since the Shiv Sena’s inception 56 years ago, two Dussehra rallies will be held in Mumbai on Wednesday by the party’s rival factions, led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray, in what is being billed as a show of strength by both camps after a change in government in June.

Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on Wednesday attended the International Dussehra celebrations in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. He also received a warm welcome from the public during the Dussehra Rath Yatra at Kullu. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has been renamed as ‘Bharat Rashtra Samithi’ (BRS). The decision to rechristen TRS to BRS has been taken in the General body meeting. A resolution has been passed by TRS General Body. Party workers celebrated the decision.

Meanwhile, for first time since the Shiv Sena’s inception 56 years ago, two Dussehra rallies will be held in Mumbai on Wednesday by the party’s rival factions — led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray — in what is being billed as a show of strength by both camps after a change in government in June. The rallies have generated intense interest in political circles and also among common citizens and there will be more than just speeches by the two friends-turns-foes as the rival factions will seek to present themselves as the ‘real’ Shiv Sena and try to claim the legacy of party founder the late Bal Thackeray.

While the Uddhav Thackeray faction will hold its rally at the historic Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai, a venue associated with the Shiv Sena since its inception in 1966, the rebel group led by Shinde has organised their event at the MMRDA ground at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in the suburbs The sprawling MMRDA ground is located close to ‘Matoshree’, the private residence of the Thackeray family in suburban Bandra.Both the camps have claimed they are taking forward the ideals of Bal Thackeray, who was known to make fiery speeches at the Dussehra rallies at Shivaji Park year after year till his death in 2012. Since then, his son Uddhav Thackeray, a former CM who lost power in June following rebellion by his once trusted aide Shinde, had been addressing the annual event.

A Dussehra rally is being held at Shivaji Park after a gap of two years due to COVID-19 restrictions. Both sides have claimed their rallies will be a grand success with top leaders giving last minute touches to the preparations for the mega shows. On the ground, the areas in and around the two venues are awashed in saffron flags and banners.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is expected to launch attacks on the Shinde faction and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), his former ally which is now part of the government in the state.In his address, the chief minister is likely to target Uddhav Thackeray for “deviating” from the path of Hindutva and joining hands with his once rivals Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in November 2019.

Rebellion by Shinde against Uddhav Thackeray’s leadership brought down the MVA government in June-end.Anticipating huge turnouts at Dussehra rallies of the Sena factions, the Mumbai Police have tightened security at Shivaji Park and BKC, an official said on Tuesday.

A senior Mumbai Police officer said 3,200 officers,15,200 personnel, 1,500 personnel of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), 1,000 jawans of Home Guard, 20 Quick Response Teams (QRTs), 15 Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads (BDDS) have been deployed for the two rallies.At BKC 2,000 personnel of the Mumbai Police and traffic branch, 5 to 6 DCPs and 15 to 16 ACPs, will be on duty.

Sheetal Mhatre, a spokesperson for the Shinde camp, said 3.5 to 4 lakh people are expected to attend the rally at the MMRDA ground.Arrangements for food and vehicle parking for those coming from outside the city have been made.

More than 5,000 buses, a number of small tourist vehicles and cars, and a special train have been roped in to ferry supporters of the two rival Shiv Sena factions for their respective Dussehra rallies, sources said.A Railway official said a train has been booked for the Dussehra rally from Nanded city in central Maharashtra. The train, booked by the Shinde faction, will depart from Nanded on Tuesday night and arrive in Mumbai (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus) on Wednesday afternoon.

According to bus operators, the Shinde-led faction has hired at least 3,000 private buses from different districts of Maharashtra to ferry its supporters.Besides, around 4,000 tourist cabs will bring supporters to the MMRDA ground, the sources said.

The Thackeray faction has booked 700 buses to bring rally participants to Shivaji Park.A bus operator said the buses booked by the Thackeray group will bring Sena workers and supporters mainly from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). On the other hand, buses and other vehicles hired by the Shinde faction will arrive from various parts of Maharashtra.

Another bus operator said around 700 buses were booked from the Vidarbha region in eastern Maharashtra.Most of these buses have already left from various districts of the region and are expected to reach Mumbai by Tuesday midnight or early morning on Wednesday.

The operator said apart from buses, local leaders of the Shinde camp have hired scores of tourist vehicles to ferry supporters to Mumbai.Many activists of the rebel camp are using their personal vehicles to travel to the event site. They have displayed posters of chief minister Shinde on vehicles apart from tying saffron flags, the operator added.

At least 1,700 state-run buses have been booked in various regions in Maharashtra, an official of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) told PTI, adding this will generate additional revenue for the cash-strapped corporation.A large number of vehicles heading towards Mumbai led to traffic congestion at some locations on state highways.

The Mumbai traffic police have made necessary arrangements for the parking of scores of buses and other vehicles that will bring workers to the rallies.Buses carrying supporters from western and north Mumbai will be parked along Senapati Bapat Marg and Kamgar Maidan, while those arriving from Navi Mumbai and Thane will be parked at Five Gardens, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Edanwala Road, an official said.

Cars will be parked at India Bulls Finance, IndiaBulls One Centre and Kohinoor Square. For the BKC rally, buses will be parked behind the family court in suburban Bandra, near Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank, the MMRDA ground and near Jio garden.

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