‘Matoshri’ always wielded power: Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that ‘power’ has always stayed with ‘Matoshri’, the family residence of Thackeray’s, irrespective of the government ruling the State and that with his becoming the CM, the ‘government’s power has now come to’ ‘Matoshri’.

“Power and ‘Matoshri’ have always stayed together. Becoming the Chief Minister of the State is definitely a different feeling but ‘Matoshri’ has always wielded power and there is nothing new in it. However, now the Chief Minister is from ‘Matoshri’. The government’s power has now come to ‘Matoshri’,” said Uddhav in an interview to Sena mouthpiece Saamana. “Matoshri becoming the CM’s residence is actually because of Shiv Sainiks, I have zero contribution in it. All this glory to Matoshri is actually of Shivsena Pramukh, Maan Saheb (mother) and affection of Shiv Sainiks,” he added.

He further said that his becoming the Chief Minister was not a shock for him.

“No, it did not come as a shock (when allied with NCP, Cong and became CM). I am the son of Shiv Sena Pramukh (Balasaheb Thackeray). Several people tried to give me shocks but they did not succeed. This is a field where you have to accept right at the beginning that there will be a bit of pushing and pulling,” he said.

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“No, I did not get any shock,” Thackeray said in an interview with Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana while talking about forming an alliance with NCP and Congress, and becoming the Maharashtra Chief Minister. “I am a son of Shiv Sena Pramukh (Balasaheb Thackeray), several people tried to give a shock to me but they didn’t succeed. This is a field where you have to accept in the beginning that there will be a bit pushing and pulling,” Thackeray said.

He added that accepting the Chief Minister’s post was not a shock for him and neither was it his “dream at any point of time”

“But I can say one thing for sure that I had decided to go to any level to fulfil the promise which I made to Balasaheb Thackeray. I want to further clear it that me becoming Chief Minister is not the fulfilling of the promise made to Shiv Sena Pramukh but it’s just a step towards that. I will fulfil every promise which I made to my father,” Thackeray said.