Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis received a rousing welcome on Sunday, as he returned home to Nagpur for the first time after taking over as the head of Maharashtra.
Thousands of party workers and well-wishers who had gathered at the airport welcomed the new CM, wife Amruta, BJP leader Ajay Sancheti, city mayor Pravin Datke, former Lok Sabha member Banwarilal Purohit, and more than a dozen party legislators.
As he stepped out of the airport, Fadnavis was greeted by Nagpur party MLAs Krishna Khopde, Ashish Deshmukh, Sudhakar Kohle, Chandrashekhar Babankule, Sudhakar Deshmukh, MLC Anil Sole, among others.
With people showering him with flowers and praises, the CM stood in a decorated chariot, waving and reaching out to his supporters and the people of his hometown, all the way to his Dharampeth residence.
Sporting a broad smile and flashing the victory sign, Fadnavis was flanked by his close aides, as the crowds shouted slogans. The Nagpur skyline was dotted with banners, hoardings and cutouts of the CM, welcoming him home.
Traffic on the busy Wardha road, which falls on his way home, was disrupted for more than three hours.
Fadnavis paid his respects to the founder of RSS, Dr Keshav Hedgewar, by putting a garland on his statue, and also visited the Deekshabhoomi where he garlanded the statue of Dr Ambedkar.
The journey from the airport, which started at 5pm, finally ended his residence at 8.45pm.
Sources said the CM plans to hold a series of meetings on pending projects, including Mihan, irrigation projects and other issues related to Nagpur and Vidarbha region on Monday.
He also plans to set up a mini-Mantralaya with an officer of the rank of additional chief secretary in Nagpur to monitor the developmental activities of Vidarbha, sources said.