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Amid push for Aaditya Thackeray as Maharashtra CM, Shiv Sena boss explains

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis exuded confidence that the young Thackeray would win by a huge margin and he will be happy to see him in the assembly.

maharashtra Updated: Oct 04, 2019 21:55 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Aaditya Thackeray, who filed his nomination papers on Thursday for the Worli assembly seat, is the only person from the Shiv Sena’s first family to contest an election. (Photo @ShivSena)
Aaditya Thackeray, who filed his nomination papers on Thursday for the Worli assembly seat, is the only person from the Shiv Sena’s first family to contest an election. (Photo @ShivSena)
         

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday played down push for Aaditya Thackeray as Maharashtra chief minister, saying the young Thackeray has just entered politics.

“The first step in politics doesn’t mean that you have to become the chief minister of this state. He has just entered politics, this is just the beginning,” said the Sena chief with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and son Aaditya sitting next to him.

Fadnavis, who has already been declared the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, said, “I am confident that Aaditya Thackeray will win by a very huge margin in the elections and we will see him with us in the assembly.” Addressing a joint Press conference with Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, Fadnavis said the ‘Mahayuti’ alliance comprising BJP, Sena and other parties will get an unprecedented victory in the elections.

The Maharashtra CM also said the ‘Mahayuti’ alliance comprising BJP, Sena and other parties will get an unprecedented victory in the elections. Fadnavis maintained that the two paries share a common thread of “Hindutva”.

Aaditya Thackeray, who filed his nomination papers on Thursday for the Worli assembly seat, is the only person from the Shiv Sena’s first family to contest an election.

He promised to turn his would-be constituency into what he called “Worli A plus”, and build “a new Maharashtra”.

Speaking to reporters after filing his papers, the 29-year-old Thackeray insisted that he wasn’t “running for power”.

“This is my chance to work for Maharashtra and the country. I perceive the Chief Minister as a common man. I am also a common man,” he said.

Raj Thackeray, who is Aaditya’s uncle and chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, has announced its decision not to field a candidate from Worli in a gesture to the young politician’s plunge in electoral politics.

It was announced that Shiv Sena will contest on 124, while the BJP will fight on 150 and the remaining 14 seats will go to smaller allies.

The polls are scheduled for October 21 and results will be declared three days later on October 24.