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happy Dussehra – Visitors frequent this hill station throughout the year because of its proximity to major tourist hotspots, including Chamba, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, and Delhi. Apart from this, there are many scenic sightseeing options like the Kodia Forest, Surkanda Devi Temple, and Tehri Lake too. Plus, if you are lucky, you might get to spot some wild boars and goral.

Rain Dampening Durga Puja, Dussehra Spirit? What Weather Dept Says | Updates | happy Dussehra

Due to heavy rain, the Ghantaghar Ramlila ground in Ghaziabad was inundated on Friday last week. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
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 © Provided by Hindustan Times Due to heavy rain, the Ghantaghar Ramlila ground in Ghaziabad was inundated on Friday last week. (Sakib Ali/ HT)

With India gearing up to celebrate Dussehra, the weather department on Sunday warned of a “heavy rain spell over most parts of east and northeast India during the next three-four days”, In the states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh, the heavy downpour will lash several regions from Thursday (October 6) onwards, for the next two-three days. In West Bengal, rain lashed several parts of the state, including Kolkata, on Sunday dampening the festive spirit on Saptami or the second of the four-day Durga Puja festivities. The trend is expected to continue till Wednesday as per the met department, news agency PTI reported.

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1. The IMD has predicted moderate rainfall in most parts of south Bengal, and heavy showers in one or two places in Purba and Paschim Medinipur, South and North 24 Parganas and Birbhum districts over the period of the next three days.

2. The northeast part of Madhya Pradesh is likely to see fairly widespread and light rainfall on both Wednesday and Thursday, whereas parts of northwest MP may expect light showers on Wednesday.

3. Light to moderate rain over several parts of Odisha till Thursday has also been predicted. The state will stay on “yellow” alert for the same period.

4. Jharkhand and Bihar may also witness heavy rain spells on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

5. Light to moderate rainfall with isolated heavy downfall – along with thunderstorms and lightning – is “very likely over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Uttar Pradesh on October 6, 7; and over east Uttar Pradesh from October to 7,” the IMD said in its latest weather forecast. The above states will stay on “yellow” alert for the same period, which includes Dussehra celebrations on Wednesday.

6. The coastal parts of Andhra Pradesh, interior Karnataka, and several districts in Telangana are expected to see light showers till Friday.

7. The northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura will also see light to moderate rain along with occasional heavy rain spells in isolated pockets on Monday and Tuesday.

8. Moreover, the IMD has forecast normal or above rainfall over most parts of Maharashtra in October.

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How happy Dussehra Has Become The Opportunity For Rival Shiv Sena Factions To Prove Their Ground Strength

Last Tuesday night, Uday Samant, the rebel Shiv Sena MLA and Maharashtra cabinet minister of industries, exhorted a packed banquet hall in the north-eastern Mumbai neighborhood of Govandi to ensure a “record-breaking turnout” at the Dussehra rally that Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will address on Wednesday at the Bandra-Kurla Complex.

“All of you must get people for the rally,” Samant urged the crowd. “We must show the clout Shinde saheb holds in Mumbai. Nobody should say he has no following in Mumbai.”

Similar scenes have been playing out in other parts of the city over the past few weeks as loyalists of the Uddhav Thackeray faction of the fractured Shiv Sena have attempted to galvanize members to attend the rally they are organizing on the same day in Dadar’s Shivaji Park, 6 km away.

Mahesh Sawant, Dadar division head for the Thackeray group, said that party workers from across the country had been instructed to present themselves at the event as a show of strength.

The intense mobilization efforts for the competing Dussehra rallies are the latest sign of how the rival factions of the splintered Shiv Sena party are attempting to use religious festivals to coax workers into their corner and demonstrate the extent of their support.

This strategy first became evident in the run-up to Janmashtami in August and picked up steam during the Ganesh festival in September, when the groups led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde group each organized events across Mumbai. This has become especially important with elections to the Mumbai municipal corporation, the richest civic body in India, expected later this year or early next year.

Battle for election symbol

The Dussehra event, though, has special significance for the Shiv Sena. In 1966, the year in which the party was established, founder Bal Thackeray addressed an annual rally on Dussehra at Shivaji Park. The ground in central Mumbai holds many memories for the Shiv Sena: it was where the party was founded, where its first chief minister took oath in 1995, and where Bal Thackeray was cremated in 2012.

After the party splintered dramatically in June, when Eknath Shinde and a bunch of MLAs walked out of a coalition government headed by Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray, the son of founder Bal Thackeray, the Sena has been convulsed by a battle to establish which faction has the right to the party’s bow and arrow election symbol.

Each group describes itself as “the real Shiv Sena”. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who took oath on June 30 with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Devendra Fadnavis as his deputy,

Over the past week, each side has released videos featuring Bal Thackeray at rallies in Shivaji Park attempting to show that they are the true inheritors of his legacy.

“A sea of commitment will rise,” declared the video by the Uddhav Thackeray faction.

The video by the Eknath Shinde group says, “One focus, one master, one commitment.”

Across Maharashtra, 40 MLAs of the Sena’s total strength of 55 in the assembly have expressed their support for Shinde. So too have 12 of the 18 Shiv Sena MPs in the Lok Sabha.

But the battle is still playing out on the ground, as each faction attempts to woo the party rank-and-file to their side. The iconic Shivaji Park became the focus of protracted bureaucratic and legal conflict as both Thackery and Shinde staked their claim to holding rallies there on Dussehra.

On September 23, the Mumbai High Court granted the Thackeray faction permission to hold its event at the Dadar ground. A week before, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority allowed the Shinde group to use a ground in the Bandra-Kurla Complex for its event.

It is not surprising that religious festivals have become a tug-of-war game between the Sena factions attempting to claim the party’s legacy. The party has long used religious and cultural events to consolidate its appeal. As Uddhav Thackeray group spokesperson Harshal Pradhan put it, “Balasaheb [Bal Thackeray] told us to do 80% social work and 20% politics to win over the people.”

Rashmi Thackeray visits the Tembhi Naka Navratri Mandal in the Thane district on September 29. Credit: PTI. Preparing for the Dussehra rally

With an eye on upcoming civic polls, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has been on a spree to appoint new party officials in an attempt to recreate an organizational structure and a ground-level cadre exactly on lines of Bal Thackeray’s version of the Shiv Sena. In August end and early September, vibhag pramukhs, or divisional heads were appointed. Now the lower-rung officials are being appointed.

A newly appointed shakha pramukh, requesting anonymity, told Scroll. In that, each MLA has been asked to ensure the attendance of 5,000 people. Vibhag pramukhs and shakha pramukhs (branch heads) under each MLA have also been given targets.

“Each booth level worker has about 800 voters to take care of,” the shakha pramukh said. “ Our aim is to draw as many people for the rally as possible.”

On Wednesday, vibhag pramukhs from the Shinde faction held a meeting in Garware hall in South Mumbai to discuss preparations. “We had to discuss about parking and seating arrangements for people,” said Avinash Sane, a vibhag pramukh from Sion-Koliwada and Chembur region in northeastern Mumbai. “We plan to hold a gathering of 2 lakh to 2.5 lakh people.” He switched sides to join Shinde in August.

Legislator and cabinet minister Uday Samant of the Eknath Shinde faction addressed party members in Govandi on Tuesday. Credit: Tabassum Barnagarwala.

However, several Shinde supporters admit that it will be a big challenge to draw the crowds away from Dadar to the MMRDA ground. Because Shivaji Park is the traditional venue for the Dussehra rally, both factions had applied to the municipal corporation for permission to hold their rallies there.

The Thackeray-led Sena made its application on August 22, while the Shinde faction did so on August 30. Under pressure, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation denied permission to both factions until the court gave directions.

Mahesh Sawant, vibhag pramukh in Dadar for Thackeray’s faction of the Sena, is overseeing the rally at Shivaji Park. “We will require two days to make all arrangements,” he said. “We do it every year” A Durga Puja pandal has been erected by the Bengal Club at the park currently and will be taken down after Navratri.

“Every year more than a lakh Sainiks come from across India,” Sawant said. “This time, we will have 100-150 flags of Shiv Sena covering the perimeter of the park and banners across the city.”

Like each year, an effigy of Ravana will be burnt and political speeches will be made by select leaders, with Uddhav Thackeray making the final remarks..

Eknath Shinde at a Garba event in Mumbai on October 1. Credit: PTI. Festivals are now a flashpoint

Sena spokesperson Pradhan said the party has always celebrated festivals by holding cultural events and the rebel group has been playing “dirty politics by competing to hold gatherings at the same venue”. The Shinde faction has argued that since they are the “real Sena”, it is incumbent on them to carry forward the party’s traditions.

It started with the Janmashtami celebrations in August. Shinde announced that the traditional Dahi-handi human pyramids would be categorized as an adventure sport. Pro Handi league competitions would be instituted, he said. In addition, participants in the pyramids – who are known as Govinda – would get a life insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh.

Taking forward a tradition started by his mentor Anand Dighe, Shinde organized a large Dahi-handi event on Dighe’s home turf of Thane.

To compete with Shinde, Thackeray’s group organized a nishta (loyalty) Dahi handi event outside the party’s Sena Bhavan headquarters in Dadar after their usual venue, Worli’s Jamboree Maidan, was booked by the BJP.

Shivaji Park in Dadar. Credit: Tabassum Barnagarwala.

In September, Chief Minister Shinde visited several Ganesh pandals in areas in Mumbai considered to be Thackeray strongholds.

The Sena vs Sena tension even led to scuffles. In Dadar on September 9, a fight broke out between workers over the counters at the beach each faction had set up to help devotees immerse Ganesh idols. When the workers landed up at Dadar police station, rebel MLA Sada Sarvankar fired a shot from his licensed gun. A first information report was filed against both sides by the Mumbai Police.

In Kalyan, the police forced the organizers of a Ganesh pandal to alter a display that depicted the split in Sena showing rebels reaping fruit from a tree planted by Thackeray. The police deemed this provocative. The patron of the group that mounted the display is Vijay Salvi, president of Sena’s Kalyan unit which owes its allegiance to Thackeray.

The fight for venues has continued in Navratri. On September 21, the Shinde faction managed to get Thane Municipal Corporation’s permission to hold Navratri festivities in the Durgadi fort while the Thackeray group’s application was rejected.

Preparing ground for civic elections

All this jockeying, workers say, will influences their chances in the Mumbai civic elections due to be held at the end of this year or early next year.

Mumbai remains a tough battle for the Shinde group but it has begun making inroads. The split that was initially limited to leaders of the legislative assembly has now deepened, with workers even at the lower level switching sides.

Nimish Bhosle, a Thackeray supporter, and vibhag pramukh said only those who do not get tickets or positions will join Shinde. Already, several disgruntled Sena workers have switched sides, hoping to find a role in Shinde’s new hierarchy.

Among them is Prashant M Patel from Chembur, who has been a Shiv Sena member for 27 years. He recently joined Shinde and has been appointed as a shakha pramukh. “I joined to serve Hindutva,” he said. “Since Shinde saheb holds the same vision, I decided to join him,” Patel said.

Party workers listen to the announcements of new functionaries of the Eknath Shinde-led faction. Credit: Tabassum Barnagarwala.

Jonathan Charles Arun from Anushakti Nagar, who worked for Thackeray for 18 years, switched sides in August. He has his eye on a deputy shakha pramukh post.

Avinash Sane, a newly appointed vibhag pramukh, says that while some Sena workers may have joined Shinde for political growth, “a large section” truly believes in the rebel leader’s cause. “The change is rapid,” said Sane. “In the coming month support for him will grow.”

For voters, the shifting political sands have created some confusion. Banners of both factions carry Bal Thackeray’s photo and the party symbol. Dipshali Sharma, aged 20, is going to vote for the first time in civic elections from Anushakti Nagar in northeast Mumbai. She has been attending political meetings of both factions to understand their vision.

“Both sides claim to be the real Shiv Sena,” she said. “It is confusing for us. I will wait until the party symbol is allotted to one before I decide who to vote for.” She added: “Shinde saheb has a good connection with people I hear.”

Octogenarian Meena Manjrekar lives in Govandi. She is an ardent follower of Bal Thackeray and later Uddhav Thackeray. But she attended a meeting held by Shinde’s group on the insistence of her neighbor Manisha Gaikwad. Gaikwad has been newly appointed as shakha pramukh.

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