Will unveil Bal Thackeray’s portrait in House: Maharashtra assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar

Times of India | 1 week ago | 19-01-2023 | 05:01 am

Will unveil Bal Thackeray’s portrait in House: Maharashtra assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar

MUMBAI: Amid the battle for legacy of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, state assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar announced a programme on his birth anniversary-January 23-to unveil the Hindutva icon's oil portrait in the central hall of the assembly.Shiv Sena (UBT) faction criticised the event, saying there is politics behind the decision and the Shinde government is a "father-stealing gang". The faction pays homage to Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park on his birth anniversary, raising questions on whether its top leadership will attend the event.The portrait will be unveiled by CM Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis. The entire Thackeray family, including Uddhav and various estranged members of the family, have been invited. Govt is playing politics: Raut on Bal Thackeray portrait unveiling eventFor the special event to unveil the portrait of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray in the state assembly on his birth anniversary on January 23, apart from the Thackeray family, estranged members such as MNS chief Raj Thackeray and nephew Nihar Thackeray, who had extended support to Shinde, have been invited. Central ministers from Maharashtra, cabinet ministers, state MLAs and MPs and eminent personalities from the sports and cultural arena have also been extended invitations.State assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar said four oil paintings had been commissioned and he would choose the one which would be hung in the central hall. "This will be an apolitical programme, where we will pay tributes to Balasaheb and his service to the state and the country," he said.Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut hit out at the Shinde government over the portrait. "They are playing politics. Our leader Uddhav Thackeray has already called them a 'father-stealing gang' and there is truth behind it," he said. "There is no need to explain who Balasaheb was to the public of Maharashtra, just as there is no need to explain the politics behind this decision."Speaking about the disqualification petitions of 14 Sena (UBT) MLAs initiated by him, which are pending before Supreme Court, Narwekar said, "The law is clear. The final decision on disqualification is taken by the speaker. Only if the decision goes against the law or is unconstitutional, can the court interfere."

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