Mumbai, Nov 18 ():Bal Thackeray, who created the passion on Marathi pride and pulled the Shiv Sena to rule Maharashtra in the year 1990s, passed away in Mumbai on Saturday after prolonged illness in the recent past.
Eighty-six year old Balasaheb Thackeray breathed his last at his residence at 3:30 pm on Saturday in the city’s suburban area in Bandra. Dr Jalil Parkar, who attended to the Sena chief, told that Thackeray suffered a cardiac arrest. “We put all our efforts to save him but unfortunately he had to breathe his last at 3: 30 pm,” added the doctor.
A man who grew as a cartoonist in 1950s, became the founder of the Shiv-Sena in the year 1966 for the sake of the Marathi manoos, started attacking the south Indians by blaming them for snatching the opportunities of the Marathi people.
He was the one who designated Bombay as Mumbai, and concentrated his attention towards the city of Mumbai in the initial stage and later spread his political power throughout Maharashtra. He later had a tie up with the BJP and remained in it till his death sharing the saffron views.
Following respiratory problems and pancreatic disease, Thackeray who appointed his son Uddhav Thackeray as his successor made Raj Thackeray to quit the party and form his own party Mumbai Navin Nirman (MNS).
Even though the Shiv Sena chief did not contest an election on his own, he propagated the party which initiated in taking the control of trade unions in a number of industries around the city including the Bollywood.
Meanwhile,President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled Thackeray’s death. The BJP had cancelled yesterday’s dinner invitation arranged by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh following Thackeray’s death.
The Gujarat Chief Minister while expressing his grief said that he had lost a man who had been a guide to him. Tamil superstar Rajnikant has expressed deep concern over Thackeray’s death and said that he had lost a father figure.