Mumbai, Nov 17: Shivaji Park at Dadar in Mumbai always remained a place near to Bal Thackeray's heart. The Shiv Sena patriarch had begun his political career from this park with his very first rally in 1966. The Thackerays always hold their annual Dussehra rallies year after year.
Ironically, Shivaji Park is going to be the place where the Shiv Sena supremo will be cremated. The place witnessed Mr Thackeray's political journey. The Sena chief breathed his last at 3:33 PM at their residence "Matoshree" at suburban Mumbai on Saturday, Nov 17.
According to Sena sources, procession with Mr Thackeray's body will start from Matoshree at 7 am on Sunday. The procession will reach Sena Bhawan by 10 and his body will be kept there for darshan till 5 PM. The last rites will be performed at Shivaji Park at 7 pm later in the day.
The Thackerays who rule Mumbai
Questions over succession started brewing with Bal Thackeray's demise. His son Uddhav and grandson Aditya are the two leaders who are expected to become Bal Thackeray's successors in future.
Bal Thackeray, an era ends, vacuum created
A vacuum has been created with Bal Thackeray's demise on Saturday. Will his son Uddhav be able to take over his role?
President Pranab Mukherjee with Bal Thackeray
Despite being an ally of BJP-led NDA, Bal Thackeray-led Shiv Sena had supported UPA's nominee Pranab Mukherjee during presidential elections 2012. Hence, Mr Thackeray's vote helped Mr Mukherjee to become the 13th President of India.
Sena, a crucial ally for BJP-led NDA
Shiv Sena is a crucial ally for BJP-led NDA. BJP President Nitin Gadkari mourned Bal Thackeray's death.
The party president said, "He considered King Shivaji his idol. He worked for the people all his life. We took inspiration from him while governing in Maharashtra."
Lata Mangeshkar mourns Bal Thackeray's demise
The nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar mourned Bal Thackeray's demise. She said that Maharashtra has lost its father with Mr Thackeray's death.
The chemistry between the Thackerays and Bachchans
The Thackerays and the Bachchans have always maintains a good rapport with each other.
A tweet from Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan says, "And just a couple of hours back, as I stand next to his still, peaceful, saffron draped body, it is difficult to imagine that he has left us."