Mumbai, Oct 4: Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray on Sunday, Oct 4 said that the proposed Rs 350 crore memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the Arabian Sea as "stupidity" and an election gimmick.
"This is stupidity. There is no need for it as there is another memorial of Shivaji near Gateway of India," Thackeray said in an interview to his party mouth piece 'Saamana'.
Asked if the memorial was aimed at wooing voters before the Oct 13 assembly elections, the 83-year-old Sena chief said, "Yes, definitely.
"Like the former chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde announced free electricity for farmers on the eve of elections but reneged on the promise. Same thing will happen as far as the proposed Shivaji memorial is concerned," he said.