Day after cremation, Mumbai limps back to normalcy
Mumbai is limping back to normalcy on Monday, a day after Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray was cremated with state honours at Shivaji Park.
Buses and taxis were back on the roads and trains were running, said reports.
On Sunday, the Shiv Sena clarified that it had not called for a bandh. "We have not called for any kind of shutdown," party spokesperson Anil Parab said
Most shops, offices and other establishments are expected to function normally on Monday. However, some schools and transport associations have decided to not to function for the day.
On Sunday evening, amid chanting of Vedic hymns, shouts of "Amar Rahe", a 21 gun salute and tears of countless followers and political heirs- son Uddhav and nephew Raj-, Bal Thackeray was cremated at Shivaji Park here after a daylong funeral procession that traversed across Mumbai, a city that the late Maratha pride champion almost controlled with iron hand for decades.
Son Uddhav Thackeray and nephew Raj Thackeray, who were seen burying their political animosity of late, were crying as the late leader was placed in the pyre prepared at the ground as a special case. Thackeray had launched the party 46 years ago at the same venue.
The funeral pyre was lit at around 6-16 pm by son Uddhav who also performed other rites. Lakhs of people stood in disciplined manner as lived their personal moments of grief as the flames consumed the mortal remains of Bal Thackeray.