Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:45:00 GMT | By India Syndicate

Bal Thackeray no more: Blog

You loved him, you hated him, but you never could ignore him. That was Bal Keshav Thackeray, a fierce proponent of Hindu supremacism in a secular India who built his chauvinistic politics around the emotive cause of regional pride of 112 million people of Maharashtra, the country's most industrialised state and home to its world renowned film and entertainment industry. He was 86. MSN brings you the latest news in a timeline of live events...

Bal Thackeray no more: Live Blog (© Reuters)

8.30 pm: Jayakrishnan says, Bal Thackeray's is indeed a twister legacy. A considerable number of Maharashtrians would like to remember him as a man who spoke out what delved in the recesses of their hearts. A man who tried to ensure that Mumbai was still the capital of Maharashtra,and the Maharashtrians. However, the expats from the Gangetic plains and the south of India in the city may not be that charitable in their praise.
He had great charisma, wit, and the ability to dig deep into the pulse and emotions of his adherents. He began his career as a political cartoonist, and an astute one at that – but he never became his own caricature!

8.17 pm: Rajanikanth says `Bala Saab Thackeray was a great leader and a father figure to many, including me'

8.15 pm: Traffic normal on Western express highway, Police on high alert

8.00 pm: Huge crowds are gathering near Matoshree and police are having a tough time controlling them

7.44 pm: Leaders from across the country express their condolences to the Sena chief’s family

7.43pm: Manmohan Singh calls Uddhav to express grief at the passing of Bal Thackeray

7.42 pm: The Prime Minister appeals for calm in this period of loss

7.41 pm: Sonia Gandhi condoles Bal Thackeray's death

7.40 pm: One may have disagreed with Thackeray but one cannot deny his zest for life and patriotism, says Suhel Seth

7.36 pm: The story of Mumbai is incomplete without Bal Thackeray, says film maker Mahesh Bhatt

7.35 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee condoles Bal Thackeray's death

7.34 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cancels dinner meeting with BJP leaders

7.33 pm: Bal Thackeray was a fearless leader and a vacuum exists after his death

7.31 pm: Public transport is slowing down, but functioning normally in many areas

7.30 pm: Tearful Sena supporters gather outside Matoshree

7.25 pm: Mumbai Police advisory: Step out of home, only if it is an emergency. Avoid Western Highway

7.22 pm: Thackeray never compromised anything for people of his state, says DMK leader Karunanidhi

7.21 pm: State has lost a multi-faceted leader: Maharashtra CM

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