Republican Party of India (RPI) and BJP held a jail bharo andolan on Monday to protest delay in handover of Indu Mill land for a Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial.
The agitation,however,brought to the fore fissures in the BJP-Shiv Sena-RPI grand alliance as Sena stayed away.
Sena denied any rift. We are with them (RPI). There is no need to take to the streets to show support, party Executive President Uddhav Thackeray said.
The protest at Panjarpol in Chembur was led by led by RPIs Ramdas Athavale and BJPs Vinod Tawde.
Trombay Police detained around 500 protesters,all of whom were later released.
The Congress government is ready to give 500 acres to Robert Vadra but cant give land for a memorial for Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Athavale said.
The state government proposed a grand memorial near Chaityabhoomi,Dr Ambedkars final resting place in Dadar,a few years ago. The proposal is pending as National Textile Corporation,which owns Indu Mill,is still to part with the 12.5 acres needed for the memorial.
After agitations in Mumbai late last year,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh granted in-principle approval to land transfer but its handover is still to happen.