Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday officially took over the charge of the state secretariat ministry. A puja was performed at the lavishly decorated office of the Chief Minister before Shinde took charge. In his room was a large picture of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray and next to him was a large picture of Shinde’s guru Anand Dighe.
As he entered the Secretariat building, Shinde paid floral tributes to the Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Dr BR Ambedkar.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde formally took over as the CMO today in the presence of Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis.
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— ANI (@ANI) 7 July 2022
Spokesperson of Shinde-led legislature faction Deepak Kesarkar told reporters that Bal Thackeray is not anybody’s property. Asked about the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction’s objection to the Shinde group using the name and picture of the late Shiv Sena founder, he said, “Balasaheb belongs to the entire state and no one can change this fact.”
Taking a jibe at Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, Kesarkar said, Raut is close to Sharad Pawar, I don’t know about Uddhavji. That’s when I realized that Shiv Sena is in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA- which includes Shiv Sena, NCP and NCP). problems are being faced. Congress), I tried to convince Uddhav ji. I never met him for ministerial post.
“In 2014 he told me that he could not make me a cabinet minister as he had to give first priority to Shiv Sena leaders who worked with Balasaheb. That’s why I respect Uddhavji.”
Kesarkar also criticized Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena decides to replace Bhawna Gawli as party’s chief whip in Lok Sabha“By such an act you are insulting women. She is a five-time MP who has held the Shiv Sena flag high. The Uddhav Thackeray-led faction on Wednesday named Rajan Vichare as the party’s chief whip. Lok Sabha instead of Gawli.
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