New Delhi: Shiv Sena chief Bal Keshav Thackeray, Maharashtra's militant flag bearer of Hindu nationalism popularly known as Tiger of Maharashtra, who did not hesitate to resort to mob tactics to have his will enforced, will be cremated at Shivaji Park ground.

The cartoonist, who made thousands of people laugh by his sarcasms has left the whole nation mourning and in deep grief. Be it politician, film stars, his rival or common man, his death was a shock for all.

Narendra Modi "He kept himself away from corridors of politics and built an entire political party. He never tolerated or compromised on patriotism,"

Mamata Banerjee "I express my heartfelt condolences to the members of his bereaved family and followers. May the departed soul rest in peace."

M. Karunanidhi "Though we differ on many aspects, the love and simplicity Thackeray showed during the meeting attracted me very much."

Rajinikanth "This is a great loss to all. My heartfelt condolences to all his family members and followers all over the world."

Advani “Thackeray was a great individual whose imprint on the country's and state's (Maharashtra) politics has been indelible and deep."

Gadkari "He was a staunch nationalist and a courageous politician who played a vital role in shaping the national politics as well as the politics of Maharashtra. His departure has left a void in the public life. His demise is a personal loss to me."

Sushma Swaraj "I am terribly pained to hear that the Lion is dead."

RSS publicity chief Manmohan Vaidya "Not only Shiv Sena but the entire Maharashtra and social and political life of the entire country has suffered a loss...I pay my heartfelt condolences on behalf of the RSS and pray to almighty that all good men get inspiration to carry forward his legacy of Hindutva,"

Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia “Thackeray had been an inspiration and strength while taking up various Hindu causes".

Lata Mangeshkar "Maharashtra is orphaned today"

Ram Gopal Verma "Can't ever forget the hug the real Sarkar gave me when he saw reel 'Sarkar'. Balasaheb was a true epitome of power in every sense of the word."

Hrithik Roshan tweeted "Today when I visited Matoshri, I had a silent prayer in my heart and the prayer continues. God bless Balasaheb's soul.

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