Shiv Sena demands Bal Thackeray memorial

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 16:50 hrs

The Shiv Sena on Monday demanded that a memorial be built in honour of party supremo Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, where the leader was cremated on Sunday.

Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi said: "Shiv Sena wants Balasaheb´s memorial at Shivaji Park next to Chhattrapati Shivaji´s. I don´t understand why won´t the government allow us to do so?"

Thackeray died on Saturday after battling ailments for days, ending an era in Maharashtra and national politics in course of which many opposed to his functioning struggling to come to terms with his brand of firebrand nationalism. He was 86.

On Sunday evening, amid chanting of Vedic hymns, shouts of "Amar Rahe", a 21 gun salute and tears of countless followers and political heirs- son Uddhav Thackeray and nephew Raj Thackeray-, Bal Thackeray was cremated at Shivaji Park after a daylong funeral procession that traversed across Mumbai, a city that the late Maratha pride champion almost controlled with iron hand for decades.

Uddhav and Raj, who were seen burying their political animosity of late, were crying as the late leader was placed in the pyre prepared at the ground as a special case. Thackeray had launched the party 46 years ago at the same venue.

The funeral pyre was lit at around 6-16 pm by son Uddhav who also performed other rites. Lakhs of people stood in disciplined manner as lived their personal moments of grief as the flames consumed the mortal remains of Thackeray.

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