With the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation yet to take an appeal over the awarding of ‘Shivtirth’ for the annual event, the Uddhav Thackeray faction is likely to go to court in case permission is denied for the gathering of October 5.

With the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation yet to take an appeal over the awarding of ‘Shivtirth’ for the annual event, the Uddhav Thackeray faction is likely to go to court in case permission is denied for the gathering of October 5.

Although Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction got a nod to address a rally at the Mumbai Metropolitan Development Authority’s exhibition grounds at the Bandra Kurla (BKC) complex, the Uncertainty continues to hang over Uddhav Thackeray’s Dasara rally in Shivtirth (Shiv Sena designated Shivaji Park) on October 5 as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has yet to take a call.

While both, the Shiv Sena faction led by Uddhav Thackeray and the rival Eknath Shinde camp had filed demands with the BMC for a nod to hold the customary annual gathering at Shivaji Park. Applications have also been filed with the MMRDA for the show ground.

The MMRDA accepted Mr Shinde’s factional plea while rejecting Camp Thackeray’s request for another pitch on the same plot, saying it has already been booked for an event.

Although this raised hopes for the Thackeray faction that they would get permission to hold the traditional gathering in Shivtirth, Shinde camp spokesman and former MLC Kiran Pawaskar, anticipating any allocation for the Thackeray faction, said The Hindu that they will continue to fight over permission to hold the rally at Shivaji Park, and that the MMRDA land will be used for parking vehicles.

“As thousands of Shiv Sainiks from all over Maharashtra will attend the Dasara rally which will be addressed by the ‘real’ Shiv Sainik and Chief Minister Shinde, we need a place for vehicle parking. Shivaji Park has no parking space, so BKC land will be used for this purpose,” he said, adding that they are confident of getting a positive response from BMC.

“Although the MMRDA ground is assigned to us for October 5, our first and only preference is Shivaji Park. Our leader CM Shinde will address the true Shiv Sainiks from the traditional place at all costs,” said another elected Shinde public official.

On Saturday, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray assured his party officials that they would hold the rally at the usual location and asked them to prepare for the event. However, the BMC has not yet decided on its authorization and has sought legal advice. The civic body is expected to reach a conclusion this week. The Dasara Rally at Shivaji Park has been an annual gathering of the Shiv Sena since its inception.

South Mumbai Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said the BMC should use a first-come, first-served basis to grant clearance to the Thackeray faction. “If MMRDA used first-come, first-served to grant permission to the other group, then we are entitled to get Shivaji Park because we applied first,” he said.

“They have to stop the dirty politics. Since its formation until last year, the Shiv Sena held the Dasara in Shivtirth,” he said. Sources said Thackeray’s Shiv Sena will explore legal options and approach the courts in case clearance is denied. Party officials across the state are expected to converge as a ‘show of force’ for both factions and there is speculation that more leaders will be moved to Thackeray’s faction’s Shinde camp. .