maharastra-11st May is of great significance to the state of Maharashtra as it is this day that the state of Maharashtra attained statehood. In independent India, Mumbai, the bilingual state, continued as one state consisting of Maharashtra and Gujarat. But this equation of two linguistic units in one state did not work and therefore on 1st May 1960, under the Bombay re-organization Act, Maharashtra and Gujarat were divided into separate states. Since then 1st May is celebrated at Maharashtra Day. May 1st also marks International Labor Day round the globe. The day is a reminder of the sorry state of workers throughout the country. A large mass of labors, in fact do not even know that there is a day dedicated to their role in society. In the city, Maharashtra Day celebrations were held. The souls of 105 martyrs who had laid down their lives for the linguistic state of Maharashtra under the banner of Samyukta Maharashtra Movement were honored with political leaders taking out a procession to the memorial at Hutatma Chowk. The leaders who came here to pay their tribute were Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Chaggan Bhujbal, MPCC Chief Manikrao Thackre, Gopinath Munde, Kirit Somaiya amongst others. MNS Chief Raj Thackrey also came to pay tribute to the martyrs. A parade was held along with saluting the martyrs in the presence of Governor Kateekal Shankarnarayanan. Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray had also made a public appearance on the eve of Maharashtra Day after a break of nearly two years at a function at Shivaji Park to mark the golden jubilee of the formation of Maharashtra. Thackeray greeted his supporters and well wishers by raising his hands or doing a “namaste” even as many fell at his feet for his blessings. Celebrations were also seen in Navi Mumbai where Konkan Commissioner S S Sandhu, Commissioner of Police Gulabrao Pol, NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata and Mayor Anjani Bhoir were present. A parade was also held here after which officers excelling in administrative work were also felicitated. Konkan Commissioner S S Sandhu gave his wishes on Maharashtra Day. Later on, the proud statue of Shivaji Maharaj at sector 17 Vashi was also garlanded with flowers. On the occasion of Maharashtra Day, a calligraphy exhibition was also put up exhibiting the culture of Maharashtra. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad and Satish Garud, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.

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