Balasaheb memorial at Mumbai Mayor bungalow, Trust will pay Re 1

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray  on Monday revealed that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has approved setting up the memorial of Sena founder Bal Thackeray at the Mayor's bungalow in Shivaji Park in Central Mumbai.

Thackeray was speaking on the occasion of the "Marathi Bhasha Diwas" which was celebrated by the Sena on Monday, commemorating the birth anniversary of noted Marathi litterateur late V V Shirwadkar, popularly known as Kusumagraj.

Attending a cultural event at Rang Sharda hall in suburban Bandra, he vowed to uphold the Marathi language and culture in the state.

"Today is really a noble day for us. Our corporation has given its nod for (setting up) Bal Thackeray's memorial at the Mayor’s bungalow. This is a good development for the Marathi pride," he said.

The BJP-led state government had already announced giving the Mayors bungalow on a 30-year lease for the memorial. Shiv Sena Trust will be paying Re 1 per year for the 11,500 square feet heritage property.

The Mayor’s new residence is likely to be shifted to Byculla in South Mumbai.

Earlier in the day, outgoing Sena corporators in the BMC accepted the proposal, pending due to the model code of conduct, of transferring the Mayor’s bungalow for memorial.

The Sena chief said Marathi language and culture would continue to thrive irrespective of few Marathi medium schools shutting down in Mumbai.

"Some reports have come to fore that Marathi schools are shutting down. But this is not the case. What is happening is Marathi people just want their progenies to speak fluent English.

"But speaking fluent English does not mean that people are forgetting Marathi. It can never be forgotten. It is going to live long, irrespective of whether Marathi schools remains functional or not," he said.