Mumbai, January 23: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray today took part in rituals marking the start of construction of a memorial for Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray citing the occasion of 93rd birth anniversary of the supremo.
The Maharashtra Cabinet on Tuesday approved Rs 100 crore for the construction of a memorial for late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray. After the Cabinet meeting, state Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar told reporters here that relations between the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena were and will remain sweet.
“There are high chances of a tie-up between both the parties for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections because the BJP has always been in favour of an alliance”, he said.
"Late Balasaheb Thackeray was not just leader of the Sena but a leader of this alliance. Balasaheb will remain a person of high importance for all political parties. Therefore, in today's Cabinet, Rs 100 crore has been approved for his memorial, which will inspire the youth," the senior BJP leader said.
The funds for the memorial will be provided by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the BJP-led state government will ensure its availability.
The memorial is set to come up at a location in Shivaji Park area where earlier Mumbai mayor's bungalow was located. The prime sea-facing property, measuring around 11,500 sqm, was handed over to the 'Balasaheb Thackeray Rashtriya Smarak Nyas' (trust) last year, clearing the decks for the memorial.