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After A Two-Year Gap, Ganeshotsav Celebrations Witness A Sea Change In Maharashtra

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After A Two-Year Gap, Ganeshotsav Celebrations Witness A Sea Change In Maharashtra

The political legacy of Ganesh Chaturthi dates back to the late 19th century. The first community Ganesha festival was started by Bhausaheb Laxman Javale aka Bhau Rangari, in 1892.

A king’s sendoff: Devotees taking the Lalbaugcha Raja deity for immersion Photo: Dinesh Parab

During the 10-day Ganesh Cha­t­urthi celebrations in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde visited nearly 30,000 venues across the state. These included big and small pandals, as well as private households. One of the homes he visited was that of Milind Narvekar, a close confidante of his bête noire Uddhav Thackeray.

Shinde was earlier a member of the Shiv Sena, led by Thackeray. However, in June, he led a faction of members of the Legislative Ass­embly from the Shiv Sena that broke away from the party and formed a coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As a result of this, Thackeray, the then Maharashtra CM who was heading a coalition government with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, was forced to resign. Shinde was appointed Maharashtra’s CM, with BJP leader and former CM Devendra Fadnavis as his deputy.

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