Govt. waives stamp duty for Thackeray memorial

Move follows Shah’s fiat to avoid confrontation with Sena

Mumbai: A day after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah said his party and the Shiv Sena will remain in alliance in 2019, the State Cabinet on Thursday waived ₹14.41 crore towards stamp duty from the lease agreement for the mayor’s bungalow in Dadar, which will be converted into a memorial for late Bal Thackeray.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will hand over the bungalow situated on an 11,551.01 square metre area, opposite Shivaji Park in Dadar, to the Balasaheb Thackeray Rashtriya Smarak Samiti headed by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

As per the State Cabinet’s decision, the lease agreement to hand over the bungalow for 30 years will take place between the samiti and the BMC. “The agreement will cost ₹14.41 crore towards stamp duty and ₹30,000 towards registration fee. The State on Thursday decided to waive both the fees,” an official from the revenue department said.

The decision comes in the wake of directions issued by Mr. Shah to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other senior BJP leaders to avoid a confrontation with the Sena. “No one should dig in to find a political message from this decision. It is an administrative decision and not a political one,” a Sena minister, who was involved in finalisation of the memorial, said.

Mr. Fadnavis in 2015 had declared that the Thackeray memorial will be built at the mayor’s bungalow. A committee headed by former chief secretary Swadhin Kshatriya was formed to finalise the matter, which approved the bungalow after several visits.

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