Mumbai: On the third death anniversary of Bal Thackeray on Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a memorial for the Shiv Sena founder.
With Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray sitting next to him at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park, Fadnavis announced, “The government has selected the Mayor’s bungalow as the spot to build Bala Saheb’s memorial. A foundation will also be set up and will be headed by Uddhavji.” He said a grand memorial for Thackeray reflects the sentiments of the people of Maharashtra.
“It will be great that the memorials of two Hindu Hriday Samrats, Veer Savarkar and now Bala Saheb, will be close to each other,” Uddhav Thackeray said in his reaction to the announcement.
The Sena had been pushing for the city Mayor’s bungalow as the site for Thackeray memorial. The sea-side bungalow is located across Shivaji Park in Dadar, where Thackeray established the Shiv Sena in 1966 and also addressed the annual Dussehra rallies.
The scenic bungalow offers an uninterrupted view of Dadar Chowpatty and has been the official residence of Mayor for more than four decades now. A piece of land adjacent to the residence may have to be acquired for the memorial.
Thackeray, who died on November 17, 2012, was cremated at the Shivaji Park, the sprawling ground which currently houses a small memorial for him in a corner. The Sena-ruled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has constructed a landscaped garden at the cremation site, where Shiv Sainiks visit regularly to pay their respect to the late leader.