Shiv Sena And BJP Share Stage For Thackeray Memorial, Amid Conflicts Between Parties

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| January 24 , 2019 , 16:54 IST

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray shook hands and exchanged pleasantries with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at an event in Mumbai on Wednesday, on the occasion of ‘Ganesh and Vastu Pujan’ of Bal Thackeray memorial.

The move assumes significance as the Shiv Sena, an ally of BJP at the center and in Maharashtra has been at loggerheads with its senior partner and critical of various policies of the government.

The Maharashtra Cabinet on Tuesday approved Rs 100 crore for the construction of the Thackeray memorial, a move which is seen as an attempt to reach out to the ally ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

The land earmarked for the memorial was officially transferred by the city civic body to the trust set up to oversee the structure's construction.

The prime sea-facing property built in 1928, measuring around 11,500 sqm, currently houses Mumbai mayor's bungalow.

Several BJP and Sena leaders, Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation chief Ajoy Mehta and members of Balasaheb Thackeray Rashtriya Smarak Nyas, including BJP MP Poonam Mahajan, were present at the event.

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Fadnavis also tweeted pictures of him and Uddhav participating in rituals marking the start of construction of a memorial for Sena founder Bal Thackeray.

Until now, the Sena had been targeting the BJP, its ally at the Centre and in Maharashtra, over issues such as the Rafale aircraft deal, Ram temple, farm crisis, rising fuel prices, etc. The two parties have also spoken of going it alone in the Lok Sabha elections.