Cremation site of Bal Thackeray similar to Ayodhya: Sanjay Raut

Published: Nov 27, 2012, 20:19 IST | PTI |

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has equated the location in Shivaji Park where Bal Thackeray's last rites were conducted to Ayodhya.

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said the place where party supremo Bal Thackeray's last rites were conducted was similar to Ayodhya.

"The place where Balasaheb's last rites were conducted at the Shivaji Park is similar to Ayodhya. The sanctity of the place should be maintained. It is like a temple for us and we won't remove the structure that has come up at the cremation site," Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told reporters in Mumbai.

Bal Thackeray's ashes
Tribute: The framed pictures of Bal Thackeray along with asthi kalash were distributed to district heads, MLAs and department heads at Sena Bhavan on November 20. Pic/Satyajit Desai

Raut also asked the government and court not to intervene in the issue. "The government and court should not come in between," he added. 

"It's sanctity is similar to Ayodhya. We are not calling it a memorial. But we want the memorial at the Shivaji Park," Raut said.

Senior party leader Manohar Joshi first made the demand for the memorial of Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park, soon after Thackeray was cremated. The Sena patriarch died on 17th of this month at his 'Matoshree' residence. 

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