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Shiv Sainiks issue open threat to BMC if Thackeray memorial platform is dismantled

Mumbai, Dec 9 (): In order to oppose dismantling of a platform built for cremation of the departed leader Bal Thackeray, a large number of Shiv Sainiks assembled at Shivaji Park in Dadar on Saturday accompanied by Thane MLAs, Eknath Shinde and Pratap Sarnaik.

The Sena members have been around for the past seven days to safeguard the platform and have been warning the authorities to meet the consequences if they tried to dismantle the platform that was erected on the cremation site.

Many banners and hoardings have also been put up in and around Shivaji Park by the Sena members. After the civic body considered the platform to be a violation of the funeral permission, the BMC had issued a notice to Sena last week warning legal action if the building was not immediately brought down.

Sena is yet to reply to the notice sent by the BMC. When asked about the course of action it would be taking if the BMC attempts to demolish the platform, members of the Shiv Sena pointed towards a board, written in Marathi and Hindi, “If you have the guts come forward and take action. Anyone trying to demolish will be torn to shreds. We are here to sacrifice our lives for the sake of Saheb ( chief).” In an open threat, the Sena members who considered themselves the soldiers of veer Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj have warned the BMC authorities against removing the structure.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, was the first senior leader who raised his voice supporting in favour of the memorial who said, as far as Sena chief is concerned, legal book will not be considered. The government should respect the emotions of the people and allow the memorial.

Meanwhile, the Sena has moved a no-confidence motion against the ruling party in the State on the issue of corruption. Sources say this remarkable show of strength of the Sena will indeed support them in the legislature.