Chandrabhaga Shinde, one of the Shiv Sena's oldest supporters, made the journey to Matoshree, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray's home in Kala Nagar, the artist's enclave in Bandra East, north west Mumbai, on Friday, June 24, 2022.
Aaji (grandmother in Marathi) had come personally to assure 'Saheb', as Uddhav is known to the Sena faithful, of the cadres's support.
For Maharashtra's embattled chief minister who confronts the biggest challenge in his political career, Aaji's blessing must have provided some relief in a week of relentless bad news.
IMAGE: Chandrabhaga Shinde leaves Matoshree after meeting Uddhav. All photographs: Sahil Salvi
IMAGE: Sena supporters gather outside Matoshree. Notice the Bal Thackeray tattoo on the man's chest.
IMAGE: Shiv Sena supporters have turned up in numbers to shout encouragement to Uddhav outside Matoshree after he returned to his ancestral home on Wednesday night, leaving Varsha, the chief minister's bungalow, in south Mumbai.
IMAGE: The police post guarding the lane to Kala Nagar, the artists's enclave, where Bal Thackeray, his wife Meenatai and their three sons settled down in the 1960s.
IMAGE: The media stationed outside Matoshree.
IMAGE: A gigantic portrait of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray at Sena Bhavan, the party headquarters, near Shivaji Park in north central Mumbai.
IMAGE: Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray at Sena Bhavan. Aaditya, Uddhav's elder son, met with Yuva Sena activists and other Sena leaders at the party HQ on Friday afternoon.
IMAGE: Security personal stationed at the gates of Sena Bhavan earlier in the day, in anticipation of Aaditya's visit.
IMAGE: The police presence has been constant outside Sena Bhavan since March 1993, when one of the bombs that went off in the city on that terrible day exploded in its vicinity.
IMAGE: Mumbai traffic swirls around the Sena HQ earlier on Friday.
Photographs curated by Manisha Kotian/Rediff.com and Anant Salvi/ Rediff.com
Feature Presentation: Ashish Narsale/Rediff.com