Undeterred by a rising demand for a memorial to Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has warned Shiv Sainiks against breaking any laws for it.
Chavan reiterated that there are legal hurdles blocking Thackeray’s memorial at Shivaji Park. Sena leader Manohar Joshi had stated on Sunday that the Sainiks take the law in their hands, if memorial is not allowed at the park.
“We will study the statement (made by Joshi),” he said that adding that any effort of violence or breaking the law would not be tolerated. A makeshift memorial has already found place at the site of Thackeray’s funeral. Several Sainiks go there to pay their respects.
The state Congress has already opposed the Sena’s proposal and it wants the party to build a memorial at Kohinoor mills. The party also suggested that the Thackeray family declare their Kalanagar (Bandra) residence as a memorial.
Thackeray’s son and executive party president Uddhav has not taken any firm stand on this but he has said that the decision of the memorial is up to the Sainiks and authorised them to deal with the government on the issue. He has also warned opponents to not test the Sainik’s patience.
Chavan denied that the Congressmen had a difference of opinion on having Dr Ambedkar’s memorial in Indu Mills.
“These are rumours and we are all united and committed to build a memorial there,” he said.
We owe our political identities to Thackeray: Bhujbal, Rane
Taking a trip down the memory lane, former Shiv Sena leaders Chhagan Bhujbal and Narayan Rane, who are currently ministers in the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra, said they owe their political identities to their erstwhile party.
"Shiv Sena gave us our identity in politics. Had there been no Shiv Sena or Bal Thackeray, Chhagan Bhujbal or Narayan Rane would not have been in Maharashtra politics. Same is the case with Raj Thackeray," both Bhujbal and Rane said.
They were participating in a programme organised by the Mantralaya and Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh to condole the passing away of the Sena chief last week. Rane recalled that after he quit the Sena in 2005 due to differences with Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, he had spoken to his mentor twice over telephone. Rane said Balasaheb lived life 'king size'. PTI, mumbai