Mumbai: As the controversy over late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's memorial rages on, a large number of Shiv Sainiks are guarding the place in Shivaji Park where the leader was cremated. Shiv Sainiks have also put up barricades at the cremation ground.
On the other hand the Maharashtra government and the Shiv Sena are at loggerheads over Thackeray’s proposed memorial. Shiv Sena leaders say that if a memorial is not possible at Shivaji Park, at least a monument should be constructed at the site.
As Shivaji Park is a very well know playground in Mumbai, so the government has till now not given the permission to built Thackeray’s memorial. But Shiv Sena leaders are adamant Bal Thackeray's memorial should be built at Shivaji Park.
Shiv Sainiks have also put up barricades at the cremation ground.
Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi demanded that the Bal Thackeray memorial be built around Shivaji's memorial at the park.
Meanwhile, the Prithviraj Chauhan Government had taken a tough stance on Joshi’s statement. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chauhan indicated that Joshi's statement on the memorial site will be examined to see if it violated the law or not.
While Bal Thackeray’s son Uddhav is silent on the issue, but the Shiv Sena has been taking an aggressive stand on the memorial. They have demanded that Bal Thackeray’s memorial should be built at Shivaji Park where the he addressed rallies annually during the Dusherra festival for more than four and half decades.