The highlight of the march was the presence of the entire Thackeray family. However, Congress leader and former CM Ashok Chavan was conspicuous by his absence. MVA coordinator Nasim Khan claimed that more than 1.5 lakh people had joined the rally, but police put the figure at less than 75,000.
Addressing the crowd, Pawar said if Koshyari was not sacked for his derogatory remarks against Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and prominent social reformers, the younger generation would raise a banner of revolt. “After the Samyukta Maharashtra movement, today’s is the biggest-ever rally taken out in Maharashtra. People from all walks of life have joined the MVA march to ensure respect and honour for the state. I am sure the people in power will take note that if they do not mend their ways, we will draft an action plan to dislodge them,” Pawar said.
Uddhav said, “The governor’s is a constitutional post. We all respect that post, but so far as Koshyari is concerned, I do not consider him governor.” Criticising state ministers over “their ideological bankruptcy”, he said there appeared to be a competition among them to make derogatory remarks. “One cabinet member compared Shivaji Maharaj with Eknath Shindeanother abused NCP MP Supriya Sule. All the cabinet members are in the habit of making such statements. We will have to draft a strategy to ensure the political end of such people,” he said.