Maharashtra Day: Devendra Fadnavis, Raj Thackeray pay tribute

May 01, 2016, 19:50 IST | PTI

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today paid floral tributes at the 'Hutatma Smarak' here to mark the 56th 'Maharashtra Day'. Fadnavis was accompanied by Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta.

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Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis at 'Hutatma Smarak' in Mumbai. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

The 'Hutatma Smarak' located in south Mumbai, was build in memory of the Joint Maharashtra Committee, which played a key role in formation of Maharashtra as a separate state.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis with Ashish Shelar and other leaders at 'Hutatma Smarak' in Mumbai. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

In Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra, state Energy and District guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, called for conserving water for the future.

Raj Thackeray. Pic/Ajinkya Sawant

Speaking after unfurling the tri-colour at the Kasturchand Park ground and taking salute of the combined Parade, Bawankule stressed the need for saving every drop of water in the backdrop of severe drought conditions in Marathwada and other regions. He also asked people to utilise water in a conservative way.

Shiv Sena bike rally at Girgaum Chowpatty in Mumbai. Pic/Ajinkya Sawant

Nagpur Divisional Commissioner Anup Kumar, Commissioner of Police S P Singh, District Collector Sachin Kurvey were present on the occasion.

Raj Thackeray at Hutatma Chowk in Mumbai. Pic/Ajinkya Sawant

In Thane, neighbouring Mumbai, District guardian Minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde also hoisted the tri-colour at the Saket Parade ground. Raking up the border issue between Maharashtra and Karnataka, Shinde said those "Maharashtrians" living in border areas (of Maharashtra but in Karnataka) want to be part of Maharashtra. "They (residents in borders areas) have been agitating since long to come into Maharashtra. People of Maharashtra are supporting them," he added.

Anil Desai and Arvind Sawant. Pic/Ajinkya Sawant

In Nashik, Divisional Revenue Commissioner Eknath Davle hoisted the tri-colour at the police parade ground. He inspected an impressive parade by city and rural police.

BJP MP Harishchandra Chavan, local MLAs, Nashik mayor and top civic officials attended the event.

Anil Desai, Arvind Sawant, Sharad Phonkse and others at Hutatma Chowk in Mumbai. Pic/Ajinkya Sawant

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