Personalities across the political spectrum on Sunday paid tributes to Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray on his 7th death anniversary. Maharashtra caretaker chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in a tweet said, “salutations to our inspirational source, Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray on his death anniversary.”
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said Bal Thackeray gave political voice to Marathi Manoos. "Bal Thackeray was a Marathi Manoo who raised the voice for Marathis pride and their self-esteem. He did politics with a social cause. He was a unique orator who got unending affection of his followers. We bow down to him on his death anniversary," Pawar tweeted in Marathi.
Born on January 23, 1926, in Pune, Thackeray had begun his professional career as a cartoonist with the English-language daily 'The Free Press Journal'.
Thackeray was also the founder of the Marathi-language newspaper ‘Saamana’. He did not hold any official positions during his political career.
Thackeray breathed his last on November 17, 2012, after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 86.
Meanwhile, political stalemate continues in Maharashtra. The state was placed under President's rule on November 12 after no party or alliance staked claim to form government. The BJP and the Sena, which fought the October 21 polls in alliance, secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member assembly. The Congress and NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats.