Apparently referring to his humble past when he used to drive an autorickshaw to earn living, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday took a dig at Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, saying an autorickshaw has outpaced Mercedes car. “Autorickshaw outpaced Mercedes (car)… because this is a government of the common man,” Shinde tweeted in Marathi.
Shinde, whose rebellion against the Sena leadership with at least 40 MLAs led to the collapse of the Thackeray-led MVA government last week, was taunted as an auto rickshaw driver by some Sena leaders when he was leading the revolt. In his initial days, Shinde drove an auto rickshaw to earn a living. Shinde was sworn in as the chief minister on June 30 with BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis as his deputy, a day after Uddhav Thackeray resigned as the CM without taking the floor test. Thackeray had reached Raj Bhavan driving a Mercedes car to submit his resignation to the Governor.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said the Uddhav Thackeray-led party will win more than 100 seats if mid-term polls are held now in Maharashtra and claimed that people are angry against the rebel MLAs.
Uddhav Thackeray said Eknath Shinde, who led the rebellion with party MLAs to bring down Maha Vikas Aghadi government, backstabbed him. Addressing Shiv Sena workers, Thackeray said that he had given Shinde the responsibility of the party.
With inputs from News18