Shiv Sena re­lents, shifts Bal Thack­eray me­mo­rial

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - NATION - Asian News of In­dia

MUM­BAI: The Shiv Sena has re­moved the makeshift me­mo­rial of party founder Bal Thack­eray from Shivaji Park here, where he was cre­mated a month ago.

Ac­cord­ing to tele­vi­sion re­ports, the Shiv Sainiks re­moved the me­mo­rial around 3am on Tues­day. It is still not clear where the fi­nal me­mo­rial will be lo­cated.

Last week, Ma­ha­rash­tra chief min­is­ter Prithvi­raj Cha­van had given a stern mes­sage to the Shiv Sena, ask­ing it to va­cate Shivaji Park.

“Shivaji Park was given for Bal Thack­eray’s cre­ma­tion on the ground that it will be re­turned in the same condi- tion,” Cha­van said. “We want the Shiv Sena to abide the law,” Cha­van had said.

The Shiv Sena had ear­lier re­fused to shift out the me­mo­rial — a tented en­clo­sure bar­ri­caded with bam­boo poles and hav­ing huge posters of Thack­eray - and de­manded that it be turned into a per­ma­nent me­mo­rial.

Thack­eray died on Novem­ber 17 at his home in Mum­bai. He was cre­mated at Shivaji Park, where he had ad­dressed his fol­low­ers dur­ing Dussehra ral­lies for over 40 years.

PTI FILE PHOTO

Peo­ple pay trib­ute to Thack­eray at Shivaji Park, where he was cre­mated.

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