Bal Thackeray's memorial removed from Shivaji Park

Mumbai, Dec 18 (ANI): The Shiv Sena has removed the makeshift memorial of party founder Bal Thackeray from Mumbai's Shivaji Park, where he was cremated a month ago.

According to Television reports, the Shiv Sainiks reportedly removed the memorial at around 3 a.m today. It is still not clear where the final memorial will be located.

Last week, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had given a stern message to the Shiv Sena, asking them to vacate the Shivaji Park.

"Shivaji Park was given for Bal Thackeray's cremation on the ground that it will be returned in the same condition. We want the Shiv Sena to abide by the conditions and follow the law," Chavan had said.

The Shiv Sena had earlier refused to shift out the memorial - a tented enclosure barricaded with bamboo poles and having huge posters of Thackeray - and demanded that it be turned into a permanent memorial.

Thackeray expired on November 17 at his home in Mumbai. He was cremated the next day at the Shivaji Park, where he addressed his followers during Dussehra rallies for over 40 years.

A cartoonist who turned to politics in 1966, he became an astute practitioner of "hate-politics", wherein he stoked the domestic "Maharashtrian" identity.

Thackeray gained notoriety for his acerbic language and the Shiv Sena"s campaign against Mumbai"s immigrant population, whom he accused of taking jobs away from bona-fide residents of Maharashtra. (ANI)

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