Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday paid floral tributes at the 'Hutatma Smarak' in Mumbai to mark the 56th 'Maharashtra Day'.
Fadnavis was accompanied by Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar and Mumbai Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta.
The 'Hutatma Smarak' located in south Mumbai, was built in memory of the Joint Maharashtra Committee, which played a key role in formation of Maharashtra as a separate state.
In Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra, state Energy and District guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, called for conserving water for the future.
Speaking after unfurling the Tri-colour at the Kasturchand Park ground and taking salute of the combined Parade, Bawankule stressed the need for saving every drop of water in the backdrop of severe drought conditions in Marathwada and other regions.
Nagpur Divisional Commissioner Anup Kumar, Commissioner of Police S P Singh, District Collector Sachin Kurvey were present on the occasion.
In Thane, neighbouring Mumbai, District guardian Minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde also hoisted the Tri-colour at the Saket Parade ground.
Raking up the border issue between Maharashtra and Karnataka, Shinde said those "Maharashtrians" living in border areas (of Maharashtra but in Karnataka) want to be part of Maharashtra.
"They (residents in borders areas) have been agitating since long to come into Maharashtra. People of Maharashtra are supporting them," he added.
In Nashik, Divisional Revenue Commissioner Eknath Davle hoisted the Tri-colour at the police parade ground. He inspected a parade by city and rural police.
BJP MP Harishchandra Chavan, local MLAs, Nashik mayor and top civic officials attended the event.