Thackeray was the Shiv Sena. The Shiv Sena was Thackeray.
This Marathi Manoos cannot be replaced. He was the biggest opposition to the Congress in the state, checked the rise of the Left and labour unions and ran divisive political campaigns throughout his life.
He lived to see the Sena come to power in the state and to subsequently squander it all.
Image: Raj Thackeray (L) breaks down during the funeral rites of his uncle, Shiv Sena party leader Bal Thackeray in Mumbai on November 18, 2012.
Huge crowds gathered in Mumbai to witness the funeral procession of Bal Thackeray. Thackeray, who was widely accused of stoking ethnic and religious violence, died aged 86, triggering a virtual shutdown of the city. (AFP)