For the first time in Shiva Sena history, Aaditya Thackeray is all set to project as its Chief Minister’s candidate. Till now no one from his family contested in the elections and occupied any position in the government.
Now indications are available the he will be contesting in the forthcoming assembly polls in Maharashtra and he would lead the state legislature party, possibly the new government, if BJP-Shiva Sena combine return to power.
Aaditya, who turned 29 yesterday, Sena’s rank and file made a beeline to Matoshree, his family residence in Bandra, to wish him and build consensus and ground for his launch in electoral politics.
Apart from workers, top Sena leaders, namely Manohar Joshi, Eknath Shinde and Neelam Gorhe, along with Sena legislators, visited Matoshree and strongly advocated the need for Aaditya to take a leap in electoral politics.
The momentum to showcase him as the party face and leader after his father, Uddhav, has been built up over the last year. Over the last month, the buzz about his foray in electoral politics increased, with Aaditya himself saying that the decision would be taken by his father and other senior leaders.
If he contests polls, he will be the first member of the Thackeray family to do so, breaking the tradition set by his grandfather, Bal Thackeray, and followed by his father, Uddhav, and uncle, Raj Thackeray.
A senior Sena leader admitted the party had assessed the on-ground scenario and zeroed in on two constituencies – Mahim and Shivadi – from where Aaditya could contest polls. Both are Sena bastions, home to a loyal ‘Marathi manoos’ votebank.