During the party’s Dussehra rally on Tuesday, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut announced that the new Maharashtra Chief Minister will be seen sitting next to Uddhav Thackeray in next year’s event.
Although Raut did not name anyone, he was likely hinting at Uddhav’s son Aaditya, who recently become the first member of the Thackeray clan to jump into electoral politics.
The party has been projecting Aaditya as the chief ministerial face if the NDA returns to power. The Sena scion, incidentally, was sitting next to the Shiv Sena chief when Raut made the remark during the rally.
“There will be a Shiv Sena Chief Minister in the state in the times to come. Today, Shiv Sena looks a little calm but do not go by that. Since we are in the alliance we ought to speak carefully on some issues,” Raut said.
The senior leader also claimed that they (Shiv Sena) were “not just planning to win the Assembly elections; we want to hoist our flag on the ministry.”
“Back then nobody dared to raise voice against demonetization but party chief Uddhav Thackeray was the only person who stated that the economy was affected due to demonetization. It was Bal Thackeray’s dream to revoke Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and that’s why we came into an alliance with BJP,” Raut added.
He even went on to say that Shiv Sena’s name would be written on the first brick that would be used in the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The ruling BJP and Shiv Sena officially announced their tie-up for the upcoming polls last week, after weeks of intense negotiations over seat-sharing and the CM post.
The 288-member Maharashtra Assembly will go to the polls on October 21 and counting will take place on October 24.Back to latest news