On the occasion of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray's birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid heartfelt tributes, acknowledging him as a towering figure whose influence on Maharashtra's political and cultural landscape remains unmatched.
Bal Thackeray, a key proponent of hardline Hindutva politics, garnered substantial support and was born on this day in 1926, passing away on November 17, 2012.
In a post on [X], Prime Minister Modi expressed, "Remembering Balasaheb Thackeray Ji on his birth anniversary. He was a towering figure whose impact on Maharashtra's political and cultural landscape remains unparalleled."
The prime minister further highlighted Thackeray's enduring legacy in the hearts of countless people, attributing it to his leadership, unwavering commitment to ideals, and dedication to championing the cause of the poor and downtrodden.
The political landscape has seen a division within the Shiv Sena, with one faction, commanding the majority of its lawmakers, aligning with the BJP. Simultaneously, another faction led by Thackeray's son, Uddhav Thackeray, has forged an alliance with the Opposition in the state. The evolving dynamics within the Shiv Sena reflect the ongoing shifts in Maharashtra's political scenario.
(With Agency Inputs)