Yuva Sena, a youth wing of the Shiv Sena, that is supposed to be the launch pad of 19-year-old Aditya Thackeray is in its final stages of completion and is likely to be launched soon.
Party leaders close to the Thackeray clan said that the Yuva Sena will be launched during the Sena’s annual Dassera held at Shivaji Park in October.
Hindustan Times had first reported about Yuva Sena in February 2010.
Sena Chief, Bal Thackeray, had always been reluctant to form such an organisation because he believed the Sena itself to be a young party.
The Yuva Sena hopes to attract the young generation which seems to be moving towards the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
Sena leaders refused to confirm or deny the launch date. “Balasaheb will take the final decision,” a Sena spokesperson said, on a condition of anonymity.
“Every political party, big or small, has a youth wing, which the Shiv Sena always lacked. The party has a students’ wing called the Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena (BVS), but only students can enroll here,” another senior Sena leader said.
“The Yuva Sena will attract people in the late 20s and mid-30s,” he added.
Aditya, a Bachelor of Arts with History and Politics student of St Xavier’s College, made his political debut when took keen interest to solve the college professors’ strike and had met Maharashtra’s Higher and Medical Education Minister Rajesh Tope at Mantralaya with a delegation of students in August last year.
Recently, he was seen setting up cheap-rate stalls for the common man in the suburbs.
He also took a press conference at the municipal corporation saying that he had moved a proposal in the Sena-ruled civic body, to give gradation to toilets and canteens in schools and colleges across the city.