Eknath Shinde, the chief minister of Maharashtra, will now visit the UK and Germany

Eknath Shinde, the chief minister of Maharashtra, was supposed to go to the UK and Germany from October 1 to 8, but that trip has been postponed, a CMO representative said on Tuesday.

The official said that the new dates are now being worked out. The tour has been postponed without explanation.


For investment conferences and the signing of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) between the cities of Maharashtra and Germany, Shinde was to head a delegation of members from the business community and other government agencies.


A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also to be signed in order to import the “wagh nakh” (tiger claws), an iron weapon that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj used that was made to resemble tigers.


The CMO representative said that the tour’s schedule details were being finalized.


Aaditya Thackeray, the head of the Shiv Sena (UBT), said on X on Monday, “The illegal cm has booked a week-long international tour. While I have nothing against traveling abroad to attract business or get reputation for our country or state, it cannot be as extravagant as his trip to Davos, where the government spent about Rs 40 crore on a 28-hour vacation.


Meeting schedules, pictures, and results from Davos were all absent. Not even a 24-hour timetable was made public. The MLA said, “And the Govt still hides the real cost of the trip to Davos.”


Now, Thackeray added, “the CMO must release his itinerary for this 10-day trip before they take off, and tweet his meetings and photos like we did for our Davos trip, with outcomes.”


“A day’s labor shouldn’t be extended to a week for a vacation. Otherwise, the trip will merely be a vacation paid for the tax payers, he said.