This year, Shiv Sena will hold its annual Dussehra rally indoors and the rally will be held at Sion’s Shanmukhananda Hall with 50% capacity. The party was keen on holding a physical rally at Shivaji Park but chief minister Uddhav Thackeray took a call to avoid a mega gathering of Sainiks keeping the Covid-19 protocols in mind.
Over the last month, a series of audio clips of conversations between Kadam and one of his associates has gone viral. In the audio clips, Kadam is heard expressing happiness reportedly after the action taken by various authorities over the alleged illegal construction in land owned by Parab in Ratnagiri and Mumbai. Kadam is also heard saying that he was planning to meet BJP leaders including opposition leader Pravin Darekar and former MP Kirit Somaiya.
Kadam however has denied any rift between him and Parab and said that this was only an attempt to defame him before chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. Kadam is a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) from Mumbai. Senior party leaders have already said that he may not be renominated as an MLC when his term ends in January 2022.
“Only top leaders will be invited for the rally since we can’t invite all leaders and elected representatives. So ministers and top party functionaries and the Mayor of Mumbai will be invited. Kadam may be dropped from the guest list along with many others since it won’t be possible to fit everyone in the hall,” a senior Sena functionary said.
Former Union Minister and Sena leader Anant Geete who had recently called NCP supremo Sharad Pawar a backstabber may also not be invited.
Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said that the Dussehra rally is being held at Shanmukhananda Hall with 50 percent capacity only. “Only limited people will be given entry. Around 1300 people will be allowed to enter the hall. Uddhav ji will address the Shiv Sainiks and the entire state. I’m not aware if Ramdas Kadam will be invited or not,” said Sawant.
Kadam was a cabinet minister in the earlier BJP-Sena government, but has been sidelined in the present Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.