Thane Champa Singh Thapa and Moreshwar Raje who had served former Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray at his residence Matoshree for almost three decades on Monday joined the faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde here .
Thapa, the trusted Man Friday of the Sena patriarch and helped him in his daily chores , had served him devotedly for 27 years before the Thackeray senior’s death in November 2012 .
So much so that Sena president Uddhav Thackeray acknowledged his service by keeping Thapa by his side while performing the senior Thackeray’s last rites . Thapa would attend to senior Thackeray’s phone calls and also pass on his messages to whoever called him . Raje, who also used to at tend phone calls at Matoshree ‘ for Bal Thackeray , had spent at least 35 years in the Thackeray residence in suburban Bandra in Mumbai.