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.