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Instead of constructing Shivaji Maharaj’s memorial the government must repair the forts constructed by him says Raj Thackeray.

MNS supremo Raj Thackeray criticised the BJP led state government for going ahead with the foundation stone laying ceremony of Chhatrapati Shivaji and instead asked them to first maintain the forts constructed by the Maratha warrior which are in dire straits. He said that it would have been a better tribute to Shivaji if the state government had given a facelift to the forts constructed by him and his birth place Shivneri instead of announcing a mega memorial just for the sake of luring voters. Thackeray said that Fadnavis government is only trying to garner publicity through these acts and has failed to fulfil the promises made by it to people. He said the governance won’t improve by merely constructing Shivaji’s memorial.

“How will state government construct Shivaji memorial when it has been facing severe cash crunch? They should instead focus on repairing forts constructed by Shivaji. The government is talking about constructing memorial for Shivaji but they have neglected his birthplace Shivneri. They could have instead given a facelift to the Maratha warrior’s birthplace,” said Raj Thackeray.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid foundation stone for the memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji on Saturday. The BJP has taken this step to attract voters ahead of the Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation (BMC) election. The 192-metre-tall statue of the iconic Maratha king is slated to cost Rs 3,600 crore.

“Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis only make announcements about various developmental work but people are not happy with his government’s functioning. Does the government have enough money to construct the memorial? They have taken this decision at a time the state government is reeling under a debt of Rs 3.79 lakh crores,” he said.

“Development doesn’t happen merely by constructing memorials as a party needs to connect with voters and work for their welfare. The government also had announced to provide financial package for Mumbai but they are yet to disburse funds. They are only trying to mislead voters by carrying out the bhoomi pujan of Shiv Smarak,” said the MNS chief.

By constructing the memorial of Shivaji, the BJP is trying to lure Marathi voters who are considered as the traditional vote bank of Shiv Sena. BJP is also trying to wrest the control of BMC from Sena. The memorial project has been facing stiff opposition from fisherfolk and environmentalists, who have alleged that it would affect marine life and ecology of the Arabian Sea.

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