guwahati: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on pilgrimage to Guwahati


Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde reached Guwahati on Saturday along with 176 party leaders and ministers to offer prayers at the Shaktipeeth of Kamakhya temple.

They arrived in chartered flights and were taken by bus to the temple.

“On the invitation of chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, we have come here and offered our prayers at Kamakhya temple,” Shinde told reporters in Guwahati. “We thank each and everyone, including the state ministers and officials who have showered love and affection on us.”

This is Shinde’s second visit to the temple this year. In June, raising the banner of revolt, Shinde had camped in a hotel in Guwahati. On June 29, Shinde and his supporting MLAs had offered prayers at the temple before leaving for Maharashtra.
“Shinde had promised to come back and offer prayers once his camp came to power in Maharashtra. Accordingly, a couple of months after he became the chief minister he along with other leaders came here,” A senior leader in Assam BJP, who did not want to be named, told ET.

Shinde will leave for Maharashtra on Sunday.

A government official, who did not want to be named, said, “Assam chief minister hosted dinner in honour of the visiting chief minister.”

The state BJP had then distanced itself from the happening in Maharashtra. Sarma had then said, “We will be happy if more people come. We are getting GST, 40 people coming is good for the state is reeling under flood and we hardly have tourists during this time. We welcome the coming of Lakshmi (goddess of wealth).”

He said Guwahati has good hotels. “If Guwahati is the epicentre of politics, even if it is a foreign country, we will welcome you.”


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