Shiv Sena lashes out at BJP-led state government over Shivaji Memorial

Shiv Sena in its editorial mouthpiece Saamana, said that it was shameful that the issue of Shivaji Memorial was languishing in the Supreme Court


On Friday, the Shiv Sena lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led state government, asking if it was serious in constructing a memorial of the Maratha warrior king Shivaji. Recently, the Supreme Court has asked to temporarily stop the construction of the memorial until the matter was heard. 

The Sena in its editorial, Saamana, said it was shameful that the issue was languishing in the Supreme Court, and further alleged that the Gujarat government constructed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue on the banks of Narmada river without any environmental or technical hurdles. However, Shivaji Memorial and Ram Mandir are stuck in legal problems.

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The Uddhav Thackeray-led party said that Shivaji, Babasaheb Ambedkar, and Sena founder Bal Thackeray are considered as “deities” in Maharashtra and their memorial should be built.

On the other hand, the state government is planning to file a counter affidavit in the Supreme Court, seeking vacation of the stay in the construction of the ₹3,600-crore memorial.

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