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Shiv Sena internal polls: Aaditya Thackeray may get bigger role in party

The elections that are slated to be held on January 23, 2018, which is also the birth anniversary of Sena founder Bal Thackeray

mumbai Updated: Dec 20, 2017 00:14 IST
Swapnil Rawal
Swapnil Rawal
Hindustan Times
Shiv Sena,Aaditya Thackeray,politics
Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray.(Hindustan Times)

Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, who has been trying to reinvent the Shiv Sena into a modern political party with a slew of initiatives for Mumbai and the rest of the state, could be elevated in the party in its internal elections. The elections that are slated to be held on January 23, 2018, which is also the birth anniversary of Sena founder Bal Thackeray, could see him take up an additional position apart from heading the youth wing of the party.

Aaditya was denied a place in the core committee of the party in the 2013 internal election despite the backing of many national executive members. “In 2013, he was recommended in the core committee, which has eight to 10 top leaders of the party, but he didn’t make the cut. Four years down the line, he has taken up many issues. He could be given a bigger role,” a senior Sena leader said on condition of anonymity.

In the last year, the Thackeray scion has taken on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on a variety of issues, and recently announced that the Sena would quit the BJP-led Maharashtra government in a year. Apart from that, Aaditya has taken up several issues in Mumbai. The recently-opened 11-km makeshift cycle track in Mumbai is his brainchild. Aaditya also spearheaded a drive to ban plastic in the state, and that the Sena-held transport department should promote environment-friendly public transport vehicles.

Sena spokesperson, Manish Kayande, said, “He (Aaditya) is leading the youth wing and has been taking interest in the functioning of the party. There is every possibility that he could pick up more responsibilities and be involved in the decision-making process of the party.”

Senior party leaders said that the internal election will also be held to elect the party president, which is mandated by the Election Commission. “As prescribed by the Election Commission of India, every five years we hold elections to elect the party president and other key posts, and this time too, and the election will be held on January 23,” said Anil Desai, senior Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP.

Desai added that the election will be held for the post of party president, members of the national executive committee and deputy leaders. Nomination papers will be filed between January 5 and 10; on January 11, nominations will be scrutinised; while the date for withdrawal is January 13, a Sena leader said. The 180 members of the national executive of the party would vote to elect the party president.

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will be elected unopposed as the exercise is a mere formality, senior leaders added.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 00:14 IST