Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister-designate and Shiv Sena President Uddhav B. Thackeray on Tuesday evening remembered his late father Bal Thackeray and thanked Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar for the trust reposed in him.
Thackeray will be sworn-in as Chief Minister on December 1 in the evening at 5 pm, at a mega-function planned in Shivaji Park, it was announced by a spokesperson.
In his acceptance speech after he was unanimously elected as the 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' nominee for Chief Minister, Thackeray said he was overwhelmed by the honour and would strive to live upto the expectations of all the supporting parties and the people of the state.
"This is an alliance of parties with divergent ideologies. This will give a new direction to the whole country. However, it should not be reduced to 'yours' or 'mine', but it should 'our' government.
More important, the common man of the state should feel is 'my government' always," he said to thunderous applause.
Spicing the speech with his brand of humour, Thackeray also extended an olive branch to former ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and said: "I will soon go to meet 'Mota Bhai' in New Delhi" (referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi).