Scrambling for different ways to commemorate late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, who died on November 17, civic corporators placed various demands before the civic general body meeting held on Thursday.
Suggestions that ranged from a much-debated memorial at Shivaji Park to naming
Churchgate and Dadar railway stations after Thackeray, were made by corporators across parties.
“The party stands by its demand for a memorial to be constructed at Shivaji Park in Dadar. After detailed discussions with Uddhavsaheb, we will decide on making a formal proposal,” said mayor Sunil Prabhu.
Ramesh Korgaonkar, a Sena corporator from Bhandup, demanded that the Churchgate railway station be named after Thackeray “Since the VT station has already been renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, it is only right that Churchgate station be renamed after Balasaheb as both leaders commanded the same magnitude of respect and had similar ways of functioning,” he said.
Many of the demands, however, could also lead to a fresh bout of controversy in the city.
Corporators Sandip Deshpande and Sunil More who belong to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Congress respectively demanded that a Balasaheb Thackeray memorial be built on part of the 12.5-acre land at Indu mill, which has already been allotted for a memorial of late Dr Babasahed Ambedkar by the government.
“Both leaders held the same level of prominence in the political sphere of their times. Their memorials at the same spot would serve the purpose of educating the youth about their legacy,” said More. “We have also demanded that a committee be formed soon to take note of all the demands.”
Corporators also said that their respective demands should be placed before the state government for deliberation soon.
More than 40 corporators offered their condolence speeches at the meeting that went on for about six hours. “Balasaheb was truly a leader of the Marathi-speaking population. His memorial has received collective support from all the corporators,” said Sheetal Mhatre, Shiv Sena corporator.
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