Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde on Monday said that the dream of Balasaheb Thackeray has been fulfilled today with the formation of the Shiv Sena-BJP government.
Speaking at the State Assembly, Shinde thanked all the MLAs who supported him. “Since the last 20 days, all the 50 MLAs believed in me and my decision. I thank them all,” he said.
“I am proud of those 50 MLAs who supported me. No one asked me where are we going or should we meet CM once. They all have witnessed how I was treated,” he added.
The new Maharashtra CM further stated that Balasaheb Thackeray had taught them to fight against any exploitation. “So I decided to fight back,” he said.
Expressing his elation at the turn of events, he said, “I still don’t believe that I am giving speech as the Chief Minister of the State.”
Shinde also recounted briefly his state of mind and the events which led to the new government. “I was disturbed a day before we left for our mission. I was mistreated on the the day of voting for Vidhan Parishad,” he recalled.
He further recalled that the then Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray had called him up asking where he was going, and when was he supposed to return, to which he had replied that he didn’t know the answers to these.
During the speech, Shinde said at one point the Shiv Sena leadership had sent people to have a discussion, at another point they ousted him from his post. “They also ordered an attack on our homes. But let me tell you that no one is born who can pelt stones on Eknath Shinde’s house. I have worked day and night for last 35 years in Shiv Sena,” he said.
“I was the one who closed down over 16 dance bars in Thane. There are over 100 cases against me, but none of them is related to a family issue, all for the party,” he added.
SHINDE WINS FLOOR TEST
Earlier today, Eknath Shinde won the floor test on Monday after he secured 164 votes in his favour. The Uddhav Thackeray faction managed to secure 99 votes. The results of the floor test sealed Shinde’s position as the 20th chief minister of Maharashtra. Shinde took oath as the new chief minister of Maharashtra on June 30.