Bal Thackeray memorial near Mayor's house? Sharad Pawar visits site

The site for the late leader's memorial has become a vexed issue, with a section of Shiv Sena cadre demanding that it should be built on Shivaji Park ground, where Thackeray addressed rallies every year since the birth of Sena, and where he was cremated last November.

The Mayor's bungalow is situated in Dadar, central Mumbai, near the Park.

Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray and Ramdas Athwale
NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackarey with and RPI (A) chief Ramdas Athawale on the first death anniversary of late Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park on Sunday. Pic/Bipin Kokate

Pawar, an old friend of Thackeray's despite being poles apart ideologically, has taken the lead in resolving the issue. He visited the bungalow and nearby land.

Shiv Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut told PTI that Pawar had a discussion on the issue with Sena president Uddhav Thackeray when he visited Shivaji Park to pay a tribute on the first anniversary of Bal Thackeray's demise.

"Pawar spoke with Uddhav. The Sena president said it will not be appropriate for him (Uddhav himself) to take the initiative on the issue of memorial," Raut said.

"Pawar said he will take up the issue. A delegation of Sena leaders also met Pawar at his residence earlier today. Pawar said an all-party meeting will also be held on the issue," Raut said.

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