On Thursday evening, Maharashtra’s state minister Eknath Shinde addressed the debate around the embellishment of Yakub Memon’s 2015-hung grave, a man convicted of the 1993 Mumbai bombing. Nearly two months after the state’s Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis cabinet was established, the NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress alliance is once again poised against the governing coalition in Maharashtra.
The BJP has charged that the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi administration authorised the construction of a memorial over the grave. A political confrontation was caused by allegations of the beautifying process being conducted on TV channels, which was followed by a high-level investigation.
Chief Minister Shinde had reacted by Thursday night. “An investigation has been mandated. The investigation has also begun,” Shinde was reported by the news agency ANI as saying. He continued, “Strict action will be taken against the culpable parties.
This came when Chandrashekhar Bawankule, the leader of the Maharashtra BJP, made critical remarks against the previous administration. “During the previous Thackeray administration, the tomb was beautifully decorated. During a briefing, he remarked, “The chief minister and home minister often receive briefings regarding the key events in the state.
Claiming that it “would not have happened without the knowledge” of Uddhav Thackeray, who was the chief minister, he added: “It was the compromise by Thackeray (to keep the alliance partners happy) for power and also a compromise on the objective of Hindutva.”
According to reports, the grave was beautifully constructed with stone and illuminated with LED lights. However, in the midst of the argument, the Mumbai Police intervened and turned out the lights while a preliminary investigation revealed that Yakub Memon’s family was tending to the graves of 14 members.
Ambadas Danve, the leader of the opposition from the Shiv Sena, criticised the ruling coalition while Devendra Fadnavis, the state home affairs department’s director, had announced a police investigation. Why the body was given to the family is the question at hand. Five years ago, granite and marble were used to enhance the grave’s appearance.