State funeral for Bal Thackeray, calm city lines up
The pyre was erected on a platform at the very place from where Thackeray addressed Sena workers during his famous Dussehra rallies and where he delivered his first speech to his rabble-rousing supporters after the launch of the party on June 19, 1966.
The doctors who made a failed attempt to save Thackerayís life and who looked after him for years were the first to pay floral tributes to him when his body draped in the national flag and sporting a red Tilak and his trademark dark glasses was kept on a stage before the final rites were performed.
Thackerayís servant Thapa stood along with Uddhav and Raj, Sena patriarchís estranged son Jaidev and grandsons. Raj, who had walked out of Shiv Sena after Thackeray anointed Uddhav his successor in 2004, broke down when the pyre was lit.
Suffering from respiratory and pancreatic problems, Thackeray passed away on Saturday, losing a four-day battle for life.
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