Speaking on the occasion, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde extolled Munde as the true champion of people’s cause. “He deserved the epithet ‘Loknete’ (people’s leader) and lived up to it,” Shinde added. The chief minister also assured that farmers who have suffered losses due to the recent unseasonal rains would be paid adequate compensation. “A huge provision has been made in the budget under the Gopinath Munde Farmers Accident Insurance scheme. Hostels will be set up for the children of sugarcane harvest workers and there will be no dearth of funds for the Sugarcane Workers’ Corporation,” he said.
Union minister of state for health Dr Bharti Pawar, district guardian minister Dada Bhuse, state revenue minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, BJP leaders and late Gopinath Munde’s daughters MP Pritam Munde, Pankaja Munde, MP Hemant Godse, NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal and Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat were among those present.