MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday expressed his Government’s resolve to carry forward the legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Thackeray visited the Shivneri Fort in Junnar tehsil of Pune district in the morning to pay tributes to Shivaji Maharaj on his birth anniversary, and announced Rs 23 crore assistance for the development of the fort. He also said that cases filed against protesters during the Maratha quota agitation in 2018 will be withdrawn.
“The poor and needy feel that this is their Government. That is the reason people have come for this ‘Shiv Jayanti’ function in large numbers. Our Government is committed to carry forward the legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” Thackeray said after attending some programmes, including a ‘cradle ceremony’, and reviewing the fort’s development works. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and others also attended the birth anniversary function of Shivaji Maharaj. Thackeray said, “Both myself and Ajit dada (Pawar) have come together for doing some good constructive work, and I vow that I will not rest till I achieve the goal.” On the occasion, the Chief Minister told Pawar that they “should have come together long ago”.
Thackeray further said that all steps will be taken to preserve Chhatrapati Shivaji’s forts and memorial. “We will ensure that works are not hampered for lack of funds,” he said. He also said that cases filed against protesters during the Maratha quota agitation will be withdrawn. The Shiv Sena President earlier took to Twitter to pay tributes to Shivaji Maharaj, and extended greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of Shiv Jayanti.
Though February 19 is the official date of Shiv Jayanti, the Shiv Sena believes the birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj should be observed as per the Hindu calendar. Earlier, State Congress President Balasaheb Thorat and senior party leader Ashok Chavan, both ministers in the Thackeray Cabinet, also paid their respects to Shivaji Maharaj in their Twitter posts. NCP President Sharad Pawar also paid tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.