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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday conducted a veiled excavation on Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray. He said some believe they were born to govern, but they should have been proud to have a common man in the CM chair. He also said that his decision to rebel against Shiv Sena’s leadership was historic and that his Hindutva would ensure inclusive development.
At a rally in Pandharpur, Shinde said I was not born with a golden spoon, I am one of you. Some people think they were born to govern. He should have felt proud that an ordinary man had taken over the chair. We have majority numbers to govern. I have not done anything illegal.
Significantly, on Sunday, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde had arrived in the temple city of Pandharpur. Here he performed ‘Mahapooja’ in the famous temple of Lord Vitthal on the occasion of ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’ according to the tradition of the chief minister. After that he also went to a rally.
During his tenure, he also investigated Uddhav Thackeray’s supporters, some of whom said Shinde betrayed the Shiv Sena despite the party giving him all sorts of responsibilities. It is worth mentioning that Eknath Shinde, a resident of Thane, used to drive coaches to make a living. He said his journey from the “branch head” to the party’s first head of state (minister in chief) has been completed thanks to the blessings of Anand Dighe and Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray.
He said Bal Thackeray’s Hindu ideology was not about hating other religions. He said the MVA’s allies, the NCP and Congress, were harming the Shiv Sena. Shinde said I will talk less and work harder. We are Shiv Sainiks of Balasaheb and Anand Dighe. Our Hindutva is for inclusive development. I may be the Prime Minister, but I will work as a servant and worker.
The TVA-led MVA government fell on June 29 after a revolt initiated by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde. The next day, June 30, Shinde was sworn in as chief minister, while Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP was sworn in as deputy chief minister. Shinde has the support of 40 rebel MPs from Shiv Sena.