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Uddhav seeks people’s suggestions for Bal Thackeray Memorial

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Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray said a website will soon be developed for people to put forth their suggestions regarding late party supremo Bal Thackeray’s memorial.

“The process for the memorial of Balasaheb is going on smoothly. The committee established to oversee the project will soon be allotted the Mayor’s bungalow for it,” he said in Mumbai.

Mr. Thackeray said that he wants suggestions from people who “loved and revered” Bal Thackeray, regarding the memorial and will start a website where people can give suggestions.

“Instead of the bhoomipujan happening in a hurried manner, it is better that it happens as per law. We will start a website and call for people’s suggestions there. The suggestions of the committee formed for the memorial too will be incorporated with people’s suggestions,” he said.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had last year announced agreeing to the seaside bungalow at Dadar being home for the memorial, a choice which was strongly pushed by Sena. A committee was then formed to suggest possible places for the memorial.

Later, Mr. Fadnavis announced that a public trust headed by Uddhav will be formed to work out modalities for the memorial.

The bungalow offers an uninterrupted view of Dadar-Chowpatty and has been the official residence of the Mayor for more than four decades.

The members of the trust include Uddhav, his son Aaditya, state industries minister Subhash Desai and architect of the memorial Shashi Prabhu. The Chief Minister will be a trustee and other members will be from the government. The trust will have around 11 members.

Bal Thackeray established the Shiv Sena in 1966 at Shivaji Park and also used to address the annual Dussehra rallies there.

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