The big Sena versus Sena battle on the occasion of Dussehra today started off with a stern warning from former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. “Ravan will burn,” Mr Thackeray told the Eknath Shinde camp, pointing to the huge crowds at Mumbai’s Shivai Park – the traditional venue for the party’s Dussehra celebration. Mr Shinde is holding a parallel rally at the MMRDA grounds, a short way off from Mr Thackeray’s home, Matoshree.
The two factions of Sena, eye-ball to eyeball since the split in June — are holding what has been billed as a show of strength.
For the first time since the Shiv Sena’s inception 56 years ago, two Dussehra rallies are being held in Mumbai by the rival factions.
“What will happen to Shiv Sena? Seeing the crowd here, the question now is — what will happen to the traitors? All have gathered together. Like every year, this time too Ravana will burn. But this time Ravana is different,” he told the crowd at Shivaji Park, the traditional site for the party’s Dussehra celebrations.