The politics over Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s memorial is intensifying.
After the Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) suggested that it be located on the Indu mill land, which have been earmarked for Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s memorial, Dalit leaders cutting across party lines have threatened to take forcible possession of the land if it was not released for Ambedkar’s memorial by December 6.
Prakash Gajbhiye, state chief of the NCP’s backward class cell, said they would take possession of the land in Dadar on December 6 (the day Ambedkar died in 1956) if approval for the memorial was not given by then and the 12.5 acre land transferred by the Centre for it.
The land belongs to the National Textile Corporation.
Gajbhiye also demanded that Dadar station be renamed Chaityabhoomi after Ambedkar’s resting place.
Saying that he was not opposed to a memorial for Thackeray but only to the MNS’s demand to construct it on Indu mill land. He added that they were ready to meet MNS chief Raj Thackeray to “help him change his mind”.
“We are even willing to purchase the Indu mill land. If need be, we will tour Maharashtra and raise money for it,” said Gajbhiye.“If the government does not decide by December 6, we will forcibly take over the Indu mill land,” said Avinash Mahatekar, Republican Party of India (RPI-Athavale).