Shiv Sena relents, shifts Bal Thackeray memorial
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.
People pay tribute to Thackeray at Shivaji Park, where he was cremated.