Maharashtra Cabinet grants ₹100 crore for Bal Thackeray Memorial

Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar expressed confidence that BJP and Shiv Sena will form an alliance ahead of the upcoming polls.

Maharashtra Cabinet grants ₹100 crore for Bal Thackeray Memorial

Ahead of the upcoming 2019 Maharashtra and Lok Sabha elections, Maharashtra government on Tuesday granted funds worth ₹100 crore for the construction of Bal Thackeray memorial. The responsibility to construct the memorial dedicated to late Shiv Sena founder is on Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). 

The foundation stone for the same will be laid on January 23, which marks the birth anniversary of the late leader. It has been decided that the Mumbai’s Mayor residence at Shivaji Park will be turned into a memorial for Bal Thackeray. The Mayor’s residence has been shifted to Byculla, temporarily. 

The announcement for the construction of this memorial was made many years ago when the Shiv Sena founder passed away. However, the work for the Bal Thackeray memorial was delayed because the administration couldn’t find a place for the same. 

After the meeting, Maharashtra Finance Minister and BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the relations between Shiv Sena and BJP will “remain good” and expressed confidence in the possibility of an alliance, ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha and Maharashtra elections. 

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According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to visit Mumbai on January 23. Despite Shiv Sena’s clear stand of not forming an alliance with BJP, Modi’s visit can spark speculations regarding the same yet again.