Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok
Chavan today announced the Central Government has granted
permission to celebrate the 336th coronation ceremony of
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Raigad Fort, ending all the
controversies in this regard.
"I have spoken to the Centre and permission has been
granted to celebrate the 336th coronation ceremony of
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj," Chavan told reporters here.
Chavan said that a Government representative and
concerned minister of the area would attend the ceremony. The
State Government is also trying to make permanent arrangement
for the ceremony.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had declined
permission to hold a function at Raigad Fort citing provisions
of Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation)
Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray had said yesterday that
his party would celebrate the anniversary of Chhatrapati
Shivaji Maharaj`s coronation at the Raigad Fort, irrespective
of the ASI banning any such function.
Thackeray had said that despite being surrounded by
Mughals from all corners, the coronation ceremony was held at
Raigad Fort on June 6, 1674.
"No Mughal emperor could stop it. Then who are the
present day ASI officials,?" he asked.