Even as the argument over building a memorial for Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park continues, Sena and BJP corporators have demanded that a statue of Thackeray be installed in the municipal body’s century-old corporation hall.
The corporators, on Tuesday, moved a notice of motion, which will be discussed in the general body meeting to be held in December.
“Balasaheb has contributed immensely to the city’s development and a statue in his memory should be installed in the corporation hall to inspire us to continue the good work,” said Sena corporator Ganesh Sanap. He also requested mayor Sunil Prabhu to take up the matter at the earliest in the BMC Group Leaders meeting.
BJP corporator Vinod Shelar said: “If the civic administration says that there is no space in the hall, I will show them place for statue.”
Prabhu told DNA: “We will pass the notice of motion and send it to the municipal commissioner for final approval as per the BMC rules.”
The civic chief will take the final call on the installation of the statue as the BMC headquarters is not a public place.
Civic officials said the hall needs to be widened to install a statue or bust. “At present, there are 12 busts and one statue in the hall. We are in the process of widening the hall,” said a senior civic official.
The BMC had last installed a bust of Sardar Patel in the hall around 10 years ago following a notice of motion moved by BJP corporator Dilip Patel.
Last month, an MNS corporator demanded that a bust Balasaheb Thackeray’s father, Prabodhankar Thackeray, be installed in the same hall. It is still pending.