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MUMBAI: After suffering from prolonged illness, Shiv Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray breathed his last saturday evening at around 3.33 pm. His doctor, Jalil Parkar officialy announced the news at Thackeray’s residence ‘Matoshree’ at Bandra.Thackeray died of cardio-respiratory arrest on Saturday at his residence, doctor Jalil Parker said.
The news came as a shock on saturday and started spreading rapidly across Maharashtra. Thousands of Shiv Sena supporters gathered outside Matoshree as sena chief’s death was announced at 4.55 pm.Shops and Restaurants in Mumbai were immediately closed.The entire Mumbai city was deserted in minutes.BEST buses were running in selected parts of Mumbai, cabs and autos were off road.As a mark of respect cabs and autos will remain off road on Sunday as well.
Not only Mumbai, shops and restaurants remained closed in other parts of Maharashtra.Cabs and autos were off road after the news of Thackeray’s death was received.There were some incidents of attacks on BEST buses at Ghatkopar, Thane and some parts of Navi Mumbai.After the attacks, as an immediate action BEST suspended it’s operations in several parts of Mumbai including Mulund, Kandivali, Sion, Shivaji Nagar and Jogeshwari.Film screenings in Mumbai theatres were cancelled on Saturday night and on Sunday for security reasons.Cable operators in Mumbai were showing only news channels after the sena chief’s demise.
Sunday morning at around 7 am Balasaheb Thackeray’s body will be taken to Shiv Sena Bhavan, and from there to Shivaji Park where public can pay their last respects from 10 am.Shivaji Park is the same place where 46 years ago, Thackeray addressed his first rally.A huge crowd is expected at Shivaji Park area. To control the crowd, security was immediately increased and entire Mumbai police force is on high alert.Mumbai Police commissioner Satyapal Singh appealed people to remain calm and maintain law and order.
Words of Condolences
Lata Mangeshkar said
Maharashtra was “orphaned” by Thackeray’s death at the age of 86. “Hindu hriday samrat, param adarniya Shri Balasaheb Thackeray hum logon ko chhodke anant mein vileen ho gaye. Yeh satya hai ki aaj Maharashtra anaath ho gaya.
Sachin Tendulkar said
Really sad to hear about Balasaheb’s demise. His contribution to Maharashtra was immense. It’s a terrible loss and he will always be remembered and missed. Unfortunately I am in Ahmedabad as I would have liked to pay my last respects personally. My condolences to his family. May God rest his soul in peace.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said
Maharashtra has lost a veteran, experienced leader….He was a politician, cartoonist, editor, organiser as well as art-lover and orator.
BJP chief Nitin Gadkari said
He considered King Shivaji his idol. He worked for the people all his life. We took inspiration from him while governing in Maharashtra.
Superstar Rajnikant Said
Thackeray was a great personality, I lost a “father figure”.
Thackeray began his career as a cartoonist with the English daily “The Free Press Journal” in Mumbai.He left The Free Press Journal in 1960 to form his own political weekly “Marmik”. His political philosophy was largely shaped by his father Keshav Sitaram Thackeray, a leading figure in the Samyukta Maharashtra movement (United Maharashtra movement), which advocated the creation of a separate linguistic state of Maharashtra. In 1966, Thackeray formed the Shiv Sena party.He campaigned against the growing influence of Gujaratis, Marwaris, Biharis and south Indians in Mumbai.He accused immigrants from outside of Maharashtra of taking jobs away from local residents of Mumbai.In the past he called for the formation of Hindu suicide squads, ordered his followers to dig up a cricket pitch to stop the Pakistani team from playing in Mumbai.The 86 year old cartoonist turned politician ruled over Maharashtra for more than 4 decades till his last breath.
Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray, 23 January 1926 – 17 November 2012