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Shiv Sena demand Bal Thackeray memorial at Shivaji Park

The Shiv Sena have demanded a memorial to Bal Thackeray be built and installed at Shivaji Park, alongside the statue of Shivaji at the same ground.

Former Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi was quoted by CNN-IBN as saying, "We want his memorial to be built here (Shivaji Park), why won't the government permit it?" adding that the party wanted his memorial next to "Chhattrapati Shivaji's memorial".


Shivaji Park held special significance for the Shiv Sena supremo, who addressed his first political rally there 46 years ago.

He was cremated there on Sunday with full state honours, a rare honour given that he never held a public or government position. It was also the first public funeral to be held in the city since 1920.

Mumbai 'voluntarily' shut down for almost 36 hours after Thackeray's death was announced, and more than an estimated two million people turned up to escort the Shiv Sena supremo on his final journey. The unprecedented numbers also resulted in the body reaching Shivaji Park almost six hours behind schedule.

Activity in the city has slowly begun returning to normal although many shops remained shut. The city did not witness any incidents of violence over the weekend, but news reports stated that a 21-year-old girl was arrested over a Facebook update which read, "People like Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a bandh for that."

The Times of India reported a mob of Shiv Sena workers attacked and ransacked the girl's uncle’s orthopaedic clinic at Palghar, even though she withdrew her comment and apologised.

Published Date: Nov 19, 2012 12:46 PM | Updated Date: Nov 19, 2012 13:24 PM

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