Mumbai: In the latest twist to Maharashtra’s political saga, Shiva Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is all set to take oath as chief minister on 28 November 2019 in Mumbai. Security has been beefed up at Shivaji Park in Dadar where Thackeray will be sworn in, as well as in the surrounding areas, police sources told media.
Thackeray, the leader of Shiv Sena, will be sworn in as the 17th chief minister of Maharashtra in an elaborate ceremony at Shivaji Park which also hosts the annual Dussehra rallies of his party.
Tomorrow’s swearing ceremony will also be unique as it marks the first time that someone from Thackeray family occupies a public office of such pedigree. Currently, Thackeray is a member of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA), which incidentally has leaders from Nationalist Congress Party, led by Sharad Pawar, besides some members from Congress party.
Party members from Shiv Sena have an emotional connection with Shivaji Park, as its party founder the late Balasaheb Thackeray used to address Dussehra rallies. The tradition is kept alive by his son Uddhav Thackeray. Interestingly, BalasahebThackeray was also cremated at Shivaji Park and Shivsainiks revere it as a holy place.
Leaders from all political parties have been invited for the oath-taking ceremony tomorrow. Senior police officials including the joint commissioner of police (law and order) Vinoy Choube visited Shivaji Park and took stock of the security situation. Police personnel in plain clothes will be monitoring the areas and drones and CCTV cameras will be used for surveillance as well. Traffic officials also made arrangements for vehicle parking for invitees as well as VIPs.
Earlier the Bombay High Court had raised security concerns over the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray and had directed that holding such functions in public places like this shouldn’t become a regular feature. It is also pertinent to note that the high court had in 2010 declared the area as a ‘silence zone’ following a public interest litigation filed by an NGO.