Thane: Journey from a staunch Shiv Sainik to Chief Minister. There were some twists behind this story of Eknath Shinde when he had to suffer personal loss. There came a time when he had almost left politics. Remembering such a loss, even today, he takes out two morsels from his plate every day. After all, why did Shinde want to retire from politics? Let me tell you this story.
Shinde broken by the death of his son and daughter, Shinde's life was changed by an accident in his native village in western Maharashtra's Satara district. 11-year-old son Dipesh and seven-year-old daughter Shubhada drowned in the river in front of his eyes. He was severely broken by this accident and he had made up his mind to retire from politics. However, in the meantime, his political guru and Shiv Sena strongman Anand Dighe stopped him from doing so. Dighe gave him courage as well as persuasion. Dighe said that you accept the whole society as your family. Shinde tied the knot with Dighe's teachings. Dighe then made Shinde the Leader of the House in the Thane Municipal Corporation. Whatever happened after that is history.
Shinde Came to Thane from Satara and drove an autorickshaw for a living.
Born in an ordinary Maratha family, Eknath Shinde had come to Thane from the village of Satara for studies. After studying in the school here, he started doing odd jobs to help his parents and three siblings. He drove autorickshaws and transport vehicles. Apart from this, he also worked in many private companies. After his rebellion last month, Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena took a jibe at his auto driver's background in gestures. Shiv Sena had asked the question of whether the BJP would hand over the top chair of power to him? But while travelling from a grassroots worker of Shiv Sena to a big leader of the party, he became the leader of Shivsena's biggest rebellion. At age 58, he reached the chair of CM of Maharashtra.
'Shinde leads from the front in crisis'
In 2014, during the tenure of the Fadnavis government and the two-and-a-half-year Maha Vikas Aghadi government, he handled big ministries like PWD and Urban Development. Shinde's fans praise him for his leadership ability and taking everything into his own hands in case of calamity or emergency. Vilas Joshi, an old aide of Shinde, says, “Whether it was joining the rescue operation during the floods of Chiplun or Kolhapur or evacuating the passengers trapped in a waterlogged train in Badlapur in 2020, Shinde saheb reached out everywhere and helped openly.”
Wearing a PPE kit in Corona wave Shinde reached Covid Ward.
Referring to Shinde's spirit of dedication, his colleagues recall a visit to Thane's civil hospital during the Corona period. At that time the hospital staff and many patients were losing courage. A doctor from the hospital told our associate newspaper Times of India, 'Shinde donned a PPE kit and decided to go inside the Covid ward. He encouraged them while interacting with the patients and staff. As a result of this, the mood of all the people present in the ward changed and our hope of us increased in the war against Coronavirus.
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