Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday night responded to the controversy over the embellishment of the grave of 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakoob Memon, who was hanged in 2005. Almost two months on as the state witnessed the formation of the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government, Maharashtra is once again witnessing the NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress alliance opposed to the ruling cartel.
The BJP has accused the former government of Maha Vikas Aghadi of allowing the construction of a memorial at the tomb. As reports surfaced of the ongoing beautification process on TV stations, a political deadlock was triggered, followed by a high-level investigation.
Thursday evening, Chief Minister Shinde also reacted. “An investigation has been ordered. The investigation has also been launched,” Shinde was quoted as saying by ANI news agency. “Strict action will be taken against those responsible,” he added.
This was after Maharashtra BJP leader Chandrashekhar Bawankule made strong comments against the former government. “The embellishment of the grave happened under the previous Thackeray government. The Chief Minister and the Home Secretary receive regular briefings on major state happenings,” he said during a briefing. briefing.
Claiming that this “would not have happened without the knowledge” of Uddhav Thackeray, who was the chief minister, he added: “It was Thackeray’s compromise (to keep the alliance partners happy) for the power and also a compromise on the Hindutva agenda.
Lowdown on the line
Reports say the tomb has been embellished with granite construction and illuminated with LED lights. In the middle of the row, however, Mumbai police intervened and removed the lights while an initial investigation revealed Yakub Memon’s family was leading the process for the graves of 14 members.
As Devendra Fadnavis, who heads the state’s home affairs department, announced a police investigation, Shiv Sena leader and opposition leader Ambadas Danve hit back at the ruling alliance saying, ” The allegations made by the BJP against us are baseless. The question here is why the body was returned to the family. The embellishment of the tomb using granite and marble was done five years ago.
(With ANI entries)