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Millions attend funeral of Bal Thackeray

Mumbai, Nov 19 (): The metropolitan city of Mumbai came back to normalcy on Monday after the Shiv Sainiks called for a bandh in the city owing to the  death of  Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray on Saturday.

However, the traders’ union has planned to observe the day as ‘Shradhanjali Day’. More than lakhs paid their respects to the torch-bearer of Hindutva politics who was cremated on Sunday with full respect.

Emotions ran high on Sunday at the Matoshreee residence of Thackeray who was wrapped in the saffron-coloured party flag and the national flag before moving to the burial ground.

Raj Thackeray who separated himself from the party forming his own party Mumbai Navin Nirman (MNS) kept a distance from his political adviser’s family, walked with his supporters to the venue where the cremation took place.

Politicians from all over the country including industrialists and Bollwood actors paid tribute to the Sena chief one by one as the family began the final leg of the Thackeray’s journey. Mumbai witnessed a cremation which it had never seen before with people in large numbers shedding tears for a man who upheld the Hindutva pride.

After a wide discussion on Bal Thackeray’s funeral, the state government decided to provide the Shiv Sena supremo with full state honours after the Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan approved to the protocol. Thackeray’s funeral was held at Shivaji Park in addition to 21-gun salute besides assigning the Tricolour to his succeeding kin that was considered to be another honour to the family.

According to central government norms, a person who possessed no constitutional post cannot be provided with state mourning,  therefore the Shiv Sena chief’s death though was bestowed with  state honours could not be declared with a state mourning.

With slogans of ” Jai Bhawani, Jai Shivaji” millions of cries of “Balasaheb Thackeray amar rahein” police standing in attention for the gun salute stiffened the Hindu bond.