No need for memorial at Shivaji Park: Congress
Congress state president Manikrao Thakre said, “Shivaji Maharaj is a god for lakhs in Maharashtra. There is a memorial for him at Shivaji Park and we feel no other memorial should come up alongside his.” The Congress is likely to make a representation to the chief minister asking him to not allow any other memorial at Shivaji Park.
The demand for a memorial for Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park has become a contentious issue in the state with the Shiv Sena insisting it should be be built. Shivaji Park has a special place for the Sena not only because Thackeray was cremated there, but also because the public rally announcing the formation of the party had been held here. The Shiv Sena, which refers to Shivaji Park as ‘Shiv Teerth’, holds its annual Dussehra rally there.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had earlier said the government had not yet received a proposal for the Thackeray memorial and even if it did, allowing a memorial would be against existing rules.
Sena leaders have struck a militant posture on the issue with senior leader Manohar Joshi saying that Sena activists would take the law into their hands to ensure a memorial for Thackeray is built at the park.
Sena MP Sanjay Raut had also said
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