The Chief Minister, as per tradition, performed pooja at Lord Vitthal Mandir on the occasion of Asadhi Ekadashi. Shinde, a resident of Thane, used to drive an autorickshaw to earn a living. Shinde also lashed out at Uddhav Thackeray’s supporters, some of whom claimed that he had betrayed the Shiv Sena despite being given many responsibilities by the party. Shinde said that his promotion from branch chief to the highest office of the state (Chief Minister) in the party was possible due to the blessings of (Shiv Sena leader from Thane) Anand Dighe and (Shiv Sena founder) Bala Sahib Thackeray.
Citing the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress as part of the Maha Vikas front, he said that both the parties were harming the Shiv Sena by fielding their losing candidates to defeat the Shiv Sena MLAs. “Besides, in the last two-and-a-half years, we have not been able to speak out against those who insulted Veer Savarkar (Hindutva ideologue),” Shinde said. (Fugitive gangster) could not even speak against the ministers associated with Dawood Ibrahim (NCP’s allegation against Nawab Malik).
“I will talk less but work more,” Shinde said. We are Shiv Sainiks of Bala Sahib and Anand Dighe. Our Hindutva is for inclusive development. I may be the Chief Minister but I will work as a servant and a worker. Shinde also asked the authorities to follow the “Thane model” in the construction of police stations in the state. Praising the Thane model, the Chief Minister said that all the facilities in the police stations were on par with the corporate facilities. These police stations have been constructed with government funds received from various schemes.