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Sena may agree to move memorial from Shivaji Park

Sayli Udas Mankikar and Poorvi Kulkarni, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 08, 2012
First Published: 01:48 IST(8/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:51 IST(8/12/2012)

The Shiv Sena is likely to make a compromise and put forth a proposal concerning Bal Thackeray’s memorial that would be agreeable to both to the Sainiks and the state government.

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A plan drafted by the Sena proposes building a plaque on a small strip of garden at a corner of Shivaji Park to replace the temporary samadhi at the spot where the late Sena chief’s funeral took place, which has led to a controversy.

The party proposes that a larger memorial be built across the road, between the mayor’s bungalow and The Park Club.

The Sena has already sought legal opinion on its proposal. Party sources said Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray is likely to intervene and convince Sainiks about the proposal.

“We are seeking legal advice on the alternatives that we are planning to suggest to the municipal commissioner. But we intend to retain a structure and Balasaheb’s presence on Shivaji Park ground,” said Rahul Shewale, civic standing committee chairman.

The news of the proposal comes even as Shiv Sainiks plan 24-hour bandobast at the temporary samadhi starting 9am on Saturday, after the Brihan-mumbai Municipal Corporation served notices to senior Sena leaders, MP Sanjay Raut and mayor Sunil Prabhu asking them to remove the samadhi from the spot.

The notice said the BMC would be forced to remove the memorial, if the Sena did not do so. The party had been given permission to use the site for just one day, for the cremation on November 18.

Hundreds of party workers will work in 12-hour shifts to guard the site until the proposal is finalised.

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