It was perhaps the most touching moment of the grand swearing in-ceremony of the BJP government at the Wankhede Stadium today.
As the 44 years old Devendra Fadnavis mixed with crowds after the ceremony, shaking hands with well-wishers from across the barricades, his attention was drawn to a five years old girl, eagerly awaiting her turn to greet him.
The Chief Minister in him then took a backseat and a doting daddy rushed to hold the stretched hands of the girl, his daughter Divija.
“All the best, Baba,” she said.
Divija was accompanied by Devendra’s mother Sarita and his wife Amruta.
A KG student at Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir in Nagpur, she will be the youngest-ever occupant of CM’s official bungalow ‘Varsha’ in south Mumbai.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule was the youngest occupant of CM’s official bungalow; the current Baramati MP was then only nine years old when her father became the youngest Chief Minister of Maharashtra at 38.