The Brihan Mumbai Corporation has sent a notice to the Shiv Sena to dismantle the temporary structure built at the Shivaji Park where party founder Bal Thackeray’s cremation took place. BMC has denied permission for a Bal Thackeray memorial at the Shivaji Park.
BMC says that the permission to use the ground was given only for the cremation and that it should be restored to its original status as it is a reserved plot as per the city development plan. Meanwhile, Mayor Sunil Prabhu has told CNN-IBN that he hasn’t received any notice so far.
Earlier, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray had said that the controversy over the Bal Thackeray memorial was unnecessary. Uddhav in an interview to Sena’s paper ‘Saamna’ said that the Sena will continue fighting for ‘Marathi Manoos’ and ‘Hindutvavaad’.
Shiv Sena party workers have been demanding for a memorial at Shivaji Park but the Maharashtra government is yet to respond to it. Opposing the demand, state Congress on Saturday said no “other” memorial should come up at the sprawling ground in central Mumbai. “Shivaji Maharaj is a god for people of Maharashtra. His memorial is already there at Shivaji Park,” MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre said.