Mumbai: Keeping with the Bombay High
Court order declaring the Shivaji Park ground as silence zone,
the city police refused permission to Shiv Sena`s rally here - a tradition being followed by the party since it`s inception.
"The High court has declared Shivaji Park ground as a
silence zone. No rallies will be allowed here. Shiv Sena has
also approached us for permission to hold a rally on Dussehra
in October this year but we have not given permission keeping
with the High court order," Madhukar Sankhe, Assistant
Police Commissioner said.
Over four decades old party, the Shiv Sena has been
holding rallies every year on Dussehra at Shivaji Park where
party chief Bal Thackeray addressed party workers.
In 2006, the party had called off the Dussehra rally,
its the biggest event, due to heavy rains.
Shiv Sena, which is preparing for a grand display of
power during its much-touted annual Dussehra rally, has
decided to approach the High Court seeking permission for the
"Dassehra rally is going on for the last 45 years. We
will approach High court seeking permission for the same. It
is not a political rally but it is a rally that showcases
Maharashtra`s culture," party MP, Sanjay Raut said.
The High court has issued the order a few months ago
following a PIL arguing that since there were several
educational institutes, religious places and hospitals within
the radius of 100 metres from Shivaji Park, the place should
be declared as silence zone.