Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday at the rally of the supporters at Pandharpur announced that he may resort to an extreme step but will never let the faith and confidence shown by 50 legislators in his leadership be shattered. ‘’It is a historic incident in which 50 legislators jumped the ship showing faith in me. It has been hailed by more than 33 countries. I have seen many ups and downs in the last 22 years but survived. I am confident that I will survive this time too,’’ he noted.
Shinde, who performed the customary puja with his wife on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi at Pandharpur, reiterated that legislators took the decision to part ways to take forward thoughts and Hindutva of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and Dharmaveer Anand Dighe. He added that he did not compromise Balasaheb Thackeray’s thoughts and Hindutva to get power.
‘’I took a firm stand on Hindutva from day one and people agreed to that. Believe that this will be the Hindutva of all-around development. I will never let my worker die. Even though I am the Chief Minister, I will work as a Sevak. The doors of the Chief Minister’s office will be opened for all,’’ he said.
Shinde said that he along with other legislators was suffocating in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government during its two and half year rule. ‘’We cannot openly discuss our experience in the MVA rule. I spoke a little bit in my speech after winning the trust vote in the state assembly. ‘’Some constituents were talking about Savarkar in the House. We used to feel sad. But at that time we had no other alternative but to keep quiet. We were not able to air our views on the links with underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim who was the mastermind behind the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai (referring to NCP minister Nawab Malik’s cabinet and his alleged links with Dawood). Moreover, we could not openly talk about Balasaheb’s thoughts,’’ he noted.
He said that the state government will work for the overall development with a common man in focus.
On the outcome of his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shinde said he has assured the Centre’s cooperation.