Sena miffed as BJP usurps launch of Shivaji memo­rial

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Manasi Phadke and Faisal Ma­lik

MUM­BAI: Fri­day’s prepa­ra­tions for the cer­e­mony (bhoomipu­jan) planned on Satur­day to start work on the mid-sea memo­rial to Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji have added tur­bu­lence­tothe­chop­pyre­la­tions be­tween al­lies Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena.

The BJP irked both its ally and some Maratha com­mu­nity lead­er­sby the way it to­tally dom­i­nated Fri­day’s func­tions. The en­tire area around the Shivaji statue in Chem­bur, where BJP lead­ers wel­comed­peo­ple­car­ry­ing­pail­sof wa­ter, soil and stones from across Ma­ha­rash­tra for the bhoomipu­jan,was­deckedup­with­thep­arty’s flag. Se­nior BJP min­is­ters such as Vinod Tawde and Chan­drakant Patil, and party func­tionar­ies Raosa­heb Danve and Ashish She­lar, dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings.

The pro­ces­sion rally that fol­lowed was also dom­i­nated by BJP flags and plac­ards with the face of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi,

who will carry out the bhoomipu­jan on Satur­day.

This was sup­posed to be an event or­gan­ised by the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment, of which the Shiv Sena is a part. The party was ab­sent at the

Chem­bur event as well as in the pro­ces­sion. In­stead, Sena Chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray had a meet­ing with party lead­ers on the up­com­ing BMC elec­tions.

SEN/HT ARIJIT

CM Deven­dra Fad­navis (cen­tre) re­ceives the wa­ter and earth col­lected from parts of the state on Fri­day.

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