Wednesday was Aditya Thackeray’s day. With the Yuva Sena bagging a majority at the university senate polls, the new Thackeray on the block not only beat his uncle, Raj Thackeray, but also Congress heavyweights including, Narayan Rane and Gudrudas Kamat. Excerpts from an interview with Bal Thackeray’s grandson:
How does it feel to have done so well in your first election?
It feels great. I feel accepted. I was confident of the results considering the hard work everyone from the Shiv Sena, especially my co-workers from the Yuva Sena, had put in. We had registered a large turnout of voters and many of them stepped out and cast their votes, which helped.
Who do you owe this success to?
First, my colleagues and party workers, who toiled day and night to make this happen. And, of course, my grandfather who has been with me all through, guiding me all the way. He has been very anxious since yesterday and was very happy to know we are doing so well.
What did your grandfather say?
He told me just one thing: ‘You have got here because of the support of the people who voted for you and the backing from party workers. Now it is your responsibility to deliver back and fulfill your promises.’ I will make sure I do that.
By this success, you have given a fitting reply to everyone speaking against your capabilities? You have defeated candidates of your uncle Raj Thackeray’s party...
Chatterboxes do not bother me. Results show people are taking me seriously. Now, I have to only deliver what I have promised in my manifesto. But yes, it has certainly given us Shiv Sainiks a morale boost to prepare for the Mumbai civic elections. We know people are with us.