The Ramdas Athawale-led Republican Party of India (A) on Wednesday extended its support to its ally, the Shiv Sena, on the issue of renaming Shivaji Park as ‘Shiv Teerth’ in honour of Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray.

“The RPI (A) will back demands made by the Shiv Sena, including that of renaming Shivaji Park,” said Mr. Athawale, talking to reporters here. Mr. Athawale further said that the makeshift memorial at the park, where Bal Thackeray was cremated, should not be removed.

The Dalit leader, however, remained silent on the fact that the park is classified as a ‘no-development zone.’