With the Shiv Sena set to remove the temporary memorial to late party chief Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park, sources said the party had already started work on the proposal to build a small lawn and a plaque at the margins of the ground.
While the Sena is yet to move the proposal officially, sources indicated that backchannel talks were already on with senior civic officials, in order to know the technical hassles involved with allotting the plot of land.
Sena insiders, on Friday, hinted that they might start staking claim on the plot, where the proposed plaque is to come up, on December 17 itself. Dismissing the suggestions categorically, Prabhu said: “We are working on a fresh proposal for the landscaping and plaque, in Balasaheb’s memory. However, we will finalise and submit the proposal only next week after which we will start work on it. On the 17th, we will only restore the site and vacate the park.”
Civic officials have, however, indicated that they will look to the state for directions over approval for the plot of land. Though the government is non-committal on this proposal so far, the chief minister has said the government will not take any decision on the issue unless the makeshift memorial is removed.
The reason for the Sena hurrying up to dismantle the memorial is possibly the court hearing on Shivaji Park scheduled on December 20. The party would want to avoid getting involved in any court matter on the issue.
Action unlikely against mayor Sunil Prabhu
mumbai: Even as the Shiv Sena agreed to dismantle the makeshift memorial at Shivaji Park, there is still uncertainty over disciplinary action against Mayor Sunil Prabhu.
Provisions in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, say a corporator can be disqualified for his direct or indirect involvement with an unauthorised or illegal construction.
The civic body had served Prabhu and Sena MP Sanjay Raut notice asking them to vacate Shivaji Park. Civic officials had hinted that the Act’s provisions could be applied on Prabhu, who is a serving corporator from the P-South ward (Goregaon), if he fails to comply to the notice with immediate effect. Now that the Sena, the state and the civic body have reached a compromise, it is unlikely that the civic body would take action against Prabhu. HTC