Mumbai: It is not a love story but the affection and respect of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray that gave his wife Meena Tai the place of god in his life.
If sources close to the family are to believed, Balasaheb Thackeray breathe his last with a picture of his beloved wife Meena Tai. Balasaheb always used to carry his wife's photograph in his pocket.
Meena Tai Thackeray, popularly known as 'Maa', passed away in 1996 due to a heart attack. Since then, Balasaheb had given Meena Tai the stature of god in his life.
The Sena chief also took her as his lucky charm and is said to carry her picture often during his important meetings and auspicious events.
"Balasaheb always carried Maa Saheb's laminated picture in his kurta pocket. In an television interview, Balasaheb had once revealed that she will always be with him close to his heart. He also showed the picture to the interviewer," added a source.
Even now as Balasaheb has passed away, the picture of Meena Tai which he used to keep with him will always be kept as a remembrance by the family apart from the reading glasses, smoking pipe, rudraksha maala (chanting garland) and his pillow all the life.
The photo of Meenatai was also kept with Balasaheb's body during his last journey to Shivaji Park on Sunday.