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Shiv Sena will keep Bal Thackeray memorial issue burning

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 - 8:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Political observers say party wants to polarise people for electoral gains.

The Shiv Sena wants to keep the issue of the memorial for Bal Thackeray burning to polarise people. That’s why they aren’t removing the temporary structure at the Shivaji Park cremation site, say political analysts.

Prakash Bal, a political observer, said, “The Sena has had no issue after Thackeray’s demise. That’s why it is raking up the memorial issue by making inflammatory statements every day. And it will try to polarise the people and cash in on it during the polls. It wants to create a myth surrounding Thackeray and carry on politics on his name itself.”

“As part of its strategy, Uddhav refused to accept the Sena supremo’s post during the recent Sena leaders’ meeting,” Bal added.

Experts believe that Sena does not want to remove the temporary structure at Shivaji Park. “It wants the government to demolish it, which the Sena has started calling a ‘holy place’ like Ram Janmabhoomi. Once demolished, party leaders will be able to ignite people’s sentiments saying the government has no respect for Thackeray who fought for the Marathi manoos his entire life,” said another observer.

“If Sena really wanted to resolve the issue, Uddhav would have taken a decision during their recent meeting. But he himself has kept the issue hanging like a sword.”

Political commentator Pratap Asabe, on the other hand, believes that Uddhav and CM Prithviraj Chavan are on good terms so nothing untoward is likely to occur. “The temporary structure will be kept till December 6 as thousands will throng Dadar to pay homage to BR Ambedkar at Chaityabhoomi. At the same time, they can pay their respects to Thackeray by visiting the cremation site,” he said.

He added that Sena leaders had thought if they don’t remove the temporary structure and stretch the issue, the state will give in to their demands. “But that didn’t work. Now, I think, it will remove it after December 6,” Asabe said.

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