Delivering a blow to those who had hoped that the warring cousins might reunite politically, the Shiv Sena has ensured that urns containing party chief Bal Thackeray’s ashes, which were sent to various parts of the country, will be purely a party affair.
Thackeray’s nephew and MNS chief Raj Thackeray was not invited to collect an urn.
On Tuesday, Sena state, district and division chiefs were called to Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar and given urns containing the Sena chief’s ashes so that those who could not get a last glimpse of their leader during his funeral on Sunday, will get a chance to pay their respects to his asthi-kalashs (urns with his ashes).
These urns will be kept at all party central offices in Mumbai, Maharashtra and the rest of India on Wednesday and Thursday, and will be immersed on Friday.
The ashes will be immersed in Mumbai and in the revered rivers on scared spots across the country such as Harihareshwar, Nashik, Haridwar, Kashi and Kanyakumari.