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Shiv Sena’s Dussehra Gathering Venue Dispute Resolved

Shinde Group to Host Dussehra Gathering at Alternate Ground

October 10, 2023: In a significant development, Minister Deepak Kesarkar has announced the resolution of the longstanding dispute between two factions within Shiv Sena over the venue for the Dussehra gathering.

For years, Shiv Sena has held its Dussehra gathering at Chhatrapati Shivaji Park in Dadar. However, this tradition has been marred by internal divisions within the party, with two factions vying for the right to hold the event at the iconic park.

MLA of the Shinde group, Sada Saravankar, revealed that the Shinde group had withdrawn their application for hosting the Dussehra gathering at Shivaji Park. This decision came after Shiv Sena Chief Balasaheb Thackeray, known for his fervent advocacy of Hindutva, insisted on maintaining the spirit of unity among Hindus during the festival season.

To avoid any further disputes and promote harmony among the party members, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde took a reconciliatory approach. He declared that the Shinde group would host their Dussehra gathering at either the Cross or Oval ground instead of Shivaji Park.

With this announcement, it appears almost certain that the Thackeray group will have the privilege of hosting the Dussehra gathering at Shivaji Park. However, this resolution has not been without its share of controversy.

School Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar accused the Thackeray group of engaging in sympathy politics, a claim that drew a sharp response from MP Raut, who likened Kesarkar’s remarks to a “domkavala on the pearl lake of Sawantwadi.” The exchange of words between the two factions has added a layer of tension to the already complex situation.

Meanwhile, Deepak Kesarkar’s allegation of sympathy politics prompted a response from Naik, who suggested that Thackeray should lead BJP workers and hold a Dussehra meeting at the BJP office itself.

As the dust settles on this intra-party dispute, the focus now shifts to the upcoming Dussehra gathering, where Shiv Sena hopes to celebrate the festival with renewed enthusiasm and unity, despite the recent turmoil.


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