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Uddhav not in panel on Thackeray memorial

“A committee has been constituted under my leadership where we will be discussing the construction of a memorial for late Balasaheb Thackeray,” Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshatriya told a news agency.

Fadnavis, after paying tributes to Bal Thackeray on his second death anniversary on November 17, had said that a committee under the Chief Secretary will be constituted to discuss construction of a memorial “suitable to Thackeray’s status” and that Uddhav and leaders of other political parties will be on the panel.

According to the GR issued by the state government last week, the panel, headed by Kshatriya, will have seven other members.

Additional and Deputy Secretary of the General Administration Department, Principle Secretaries of the Urban Development Department, Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte, Divisional Commissioner of Konkan region, and Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria have been included in the committee.

The Shiv Sena, downplaying the government’s move of not appointing a party leader in the panel, said a final decision on green signal to the project will only be taken after Uddhav gives his opinion.

‘Only Uddhav among heirs was present when Thackeray made will’
A witness on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that barring Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, no other legal heir or relative of Bal Thackeray was present when the Sena patriarch signed his will.

Bal Thackeray was passed away in November 2012. His will bequeaths a major share of property to Uddhav, while giving nothing to another son, Jaidev. Jaidev has challenged the will, saying that his father was not of sound mind at the time of signing the will. Advocate F D’souza, an attesting witness in whose presence the will was signed by Thackeray, was cross-examined on Wednesday by Jaidev’s lawyer Seema Sarnaik before Justice Gautam Patel.
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