Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde today visited Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray's memorial in Mumbai and paid floral tributes to him on the occasion of 'Guru Purnima'.
Talking to reporters, Mr Shinde said a common man like him could assume the top post in the state because of the blessings of Bal Thackeray.
"My government is committed to all round development of the state," he said.
The Chief Minister also said he was in touch in the administration and monitoring the situation arising due to heavy rains at various places in the state.
गुरूपौर्णिमेच्या निमित्ताने आज वंदनीय #हिंदुहृदयसम्राट#शिवसेनाप्रमुख#बाळासाहेब_ठाकरे यांच्या शक्ती स्थळ या समाधीस्थळी उपस्थित राहून विनम्रतापूर्वक अभिवादन केले. #गुरुपौर्णिमाpic.twitter.com/y7TDd2G3Kq— Eknath Shinde - एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) July 13, 2022
He later proceeded to neighbouring Thane city to offer tributes to late Sena leader and his mentor Anand Dighe.
Mr Shinde and 39 other Shiv Sena MLAs revolted against the party leadership last month, leading to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government in the state.
On June 30, Mr Shinde was sworn in as the Chief Minister and BJP's Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister.
The Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction has claimed to be carrying forward the legacy Bal Thackeray by getting out of the "unnatural" alliance with the Congress and NCP.
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