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Eknath Shinde’s son Shrikant caught in eye of storm after pic shows him sitting in CM’s chair

The Opposition has criticised Shrikant Shinde, calling him the "super CM", while accusing Eknath Shinde of strangling democracy.

“The Opposition is trying to malign my image. The place in the photo is our private residence in Thane, where my father and I have attended to people’s problems for years. It is not an official residence of the CM nor his government office,” said Shrikant Shinde in his response. (Image source: ravikantvarpe/ Twitter)

A photograph of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s son, Lok Sabha MP Shrikant Shinde, purportedly sitting in the CM’s chair has sparked a controversy, with sections of the Opposition accusing Shinde’s son of disrespecting his father’s office. Shrikant, meanwhile, denied the allegations, claiming that he was photographed at his private residence in Thane and not at the Chief Minister’s office.

“The allegations are ridiculous,” Shrikant tweeted on Friday evening. “The place in the photo is our private residence in Thane, where my father and I have attended to people’s problems for years. It is not the official residence of the CM or his government office.” In the image, which has since been shared widely on social media, Shrikant appears to be sitting in an office, surrounded by officials, with some documents in his hand.

Sharing the image on Twitter, Ravikant Varpe, State Spokesperson for NCP, sarcastically called Shrikant “super CM” and accused the Shindes of strangling democracy. “Best wishes to Shrikant Shinde for becoming Super CM,” he said. “In the absence of the Chief Minister, his Chiranjeev is in charge of the post of Chief Minister. This is the strangulation of democracy. What kind of Rajdharma is this?”

In a video shared on Facebook, the Lok Sabha MP clarified that the office at their private residence was used by both him and his father. “CM Shinde works for 18 to 20 hours. He’s a capable CM and no one needs to fill in his chair in his absence,” he said.

After the accusation by NCP, Nationalist Congress Party on Saturday accused Sheetal Mhatre, spokesperson of the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction, of sharing a “morphed” photo of Baramati MP Supriya Sule sitting on the chief minister’s chair, and urged the Mumbai police to take action. In the post, Mhatre has also asked “Look who is sitting on the chief minister’s chair”

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First published on: 24-09-2022 at 10:23:18 am
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