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Decision on Shivaji Park structure deferred

The state government has deferred its decision on the temporary memorial to late Sena Chief Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park.

mumbai Updated: Dec 06, 2012 01:08 IST
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The state government has deferred its decision on the temporary memorial to late Sena Chief Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park.

The memorial has been the subject of a long-drawn-out tussle as party members want to retain a small samadhi at the cremation site despite being told to take down the structure right away.

On Wednesday, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan met Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief Sitaram Kunte, ostensibly to discuss the issue of the Thackeray memorial as well as the development over the Centre’s decision to hand over Indu Mills for a memorial to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Sources said that while the issue of the makeshift structure at Shivaji Park did come up, no final decision was taken on it. A delegation of Sena leaders who were supposed to meet the CM on the issue deferred their meeting by a day. Now, Sena leaders said they will meet Chavan on Thursday and discuss the fate of the memorial with him.

Civic officials said they were in a quandary over the Sena’s refusal to vacate Shivaji Park despite a notice being sent to both Sena MP Sanjay Raut and Mayor Sunil Prabhu.

“We have served them a notice and have asked them to dismantle the makeshift memorial they have built. As they have refused to do so, we have decided to take the matter to the highest level. We will now follow only the CM’s orders in this regard,” said an official who did not wish to be named.

Yesterday, both Mayor Sunil Prabhu and Sena MP Sanjay Raut, publicly refused to pay heed to the BMC’s notice, saying there was no question of them taking down the samadhi. The BMC notice had said they were to demolish the memorial at once, or action would be taken against them.

However, the notice did not mention any time frame, so the Sena has decided to wait and watch how the state approaches the issue, while at the same time deferring its own decision by a day.