Shiv Sena president and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that though he had found new allies in state politics, he had not changed his 'saffron' colour.
Thackeray, whose party espoused Hindutva from early on, ditched the BJP after the Assembly polls last year and formed government with the help of the Congress and the NCP.
The Shiv Sena on Thursday felicitated Uddhav for fulfilling his promise to his father and late Sena founder Bal Thackeray that he would install a Shiv Sena chief minister in the state.
January 23 is Bal Thackeray's birth anniversary.
"I have chosen a new political path by taking along old political rivals as allies. I have not changed my colour, my core ('Antarang'). It continues to remain saffron," he said, apparently countering criticism that he forsake Hindutva for the sake of power.