A day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray took oath as Maharashtra’s chief minister, party mouthpiece Saamna termed the event "the hurricane of freedom, this is the surge of pride".
The cover of Saamna's Marathi daily on Friday had a photo of Thackeray amidst a huge crowd in attendance at the oath taking ceremony, with the headline saying, "Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray is Maharashtra's chief minister".
Thackeray took oath as the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra on Thursday evening in a glittering ceremony at Mumbai’s historic Shivaji Park, after six weeks of political drama in the state. The Sena leader is the first from the Thackeray family to lead a government. It is also a first-time alliance of the Sena with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.
Incidentally, on the day Thackeray took oath, Saamna dropped his name as the editor of the publication from its credit line. Party spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut continues to be the executive editor, a post he has held for nearly three decades now.
The publication dates back to 1989 when it was launched by party founder Balasaheb Thackeray and is known for its strongly worded editorials and political cartoons.
The front page of Saamna on Friday also had pictures of all the six ministers who took oath on Thursday, with the caption "superfast sarkar".