Raj Thackeray's MNS against Bal Thackeray's memorial at Shivaji Park
- Raj Thackeray wants Indu Mills Land for Thackeray Memorial according to IBN Live.
Raj is Bal Thackeray's nephew. He split with Shivsena over limits to his growth and formed his own outfit Maharashtra Navnirman Sena [MNS]. Recently, rapprochement was in the air as health of senior Thackeray, and even Uddhav had become an issue. MNS has demanded that Thackeray's memorial should not be at Shivaji Park, but at defunct Indu Mills. Demand is calculated at creating huge controversy and raising the stakes like at a gambling table. Indu Mill land has for long been claimed for a memorial to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, who is revered by the Dalits [scheduled castes] for his leadership and played a key role in drafting India's constitution. MNS demand looks like a clever ploy as it would raise political temperature unbearably high, and in the resultant stormy fault-lines, lesser of the two evils so to say, that is Shivaji Park, may have to be turned in for Thackeray memorial. Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party has already supported Shivaji Park demand in a clever attempt to embarrass its coalition partner in State government and has pointed fingers at Congress' chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to bite the bullet. MNS demand now would make things red hot for Congress and NCP as both would be loathe to antagonise dalit vote. Incidentally, dalit leader, Ramdas Athavale is in Shivsena camp currently. Indu Mill demand would make things uncomfortable for him too. Nephew is turning out to be a true inheritor of senior Thackeray's brand of divisive politics.