Shiv Sena has always supported officials who are dedicated towards their duty and have worked for welfare of citizens, Thane guardian minister, Eknath Shinde, said.
“Shiv Sena Chief Balasaheb Thackeray always supported officials who were true to their work. The same philosophy is being followed by party’s working president Uddhav Thackeray and we too (Shiv Sena leaders) follow the same path,” Shinde said at a function.
The guardian minister felicitated municipal commissioner of Thane civic body, Sanjeev Jaiswal, who recently undertook a massive demolition drive against unauthorised constructions in the city.
Shinde drew parallels between Jaiswal’s action on the ‘shady’ Satyam lodge where civic body personnel demolished as many as 290 rooms constructed underground to the famous story of Alibaba and 40 thieves.
“Like in Alibaba and Chalis Chor (40 thieves), in this case the commissioner has unearthed the ongoing racket and demolished the bar,” the guardian minister said.
Shinde said, the city can develop only if administrating and the elected representatives work together for the well being of the city and citizens.
He also launched ‘Paint the Wall’ programme in city and tried his hands at painting a wall along with mayor Sanjay More.
Thane MP Rajan Vichare, MLA Pratap Sarnaik, leader of the house Anita Gouri, leader of opposition Sanjay Bhoir and chairman of the standing committee Sanjay Waghule were also present at the function.
In his welcome address, municipal commissioner Jaiswal, said wall painting has been taken up simultaneously in 20 locations in the city.
“A total of 50,000 square feet area, a record by itself will be painted during this drive,” he said.
People from all walks of life including a large number of children are participating in the drive. The next move will be to protect these paintings. These will be chemically treated for preservation and efforts are on to covert them to walking art gallery, Jaiswal said.
It will be an annual affair and next year onwards around Diwali one week will be selected for wall painting in which renowned painters can participate, the commissioner said.