For 52 years since the Shiv Sena was launched in June 1966, no Thackeray has ever sought the electoral mandate. It was always about retaining the political ‘remote control’, a favourite quip of party founder and patriarch Bal Thackeray. Things are soon going to change for the family and the Sena, with the junior Thackeray, Aaditya, set to contest the state Assembly elections in October. Reports suggest that Aditya Thackeray might contest state assembly polls from Sewri or Worli constituency. If this happens, Aditya would be the first from the Thackeray family to contest elections.
After winning 41 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is preparing for the upcoming state assembly elections which are supposed to be held in the month of October later this year. According to reports, the Yuva Sena chief is likely to contest the upcoming assembly election from Worli or Sewri constituency. However, there has been no official announcement regarding the same. The speculations were generated after Yuva Sena General Secretary Varun Sardesai posted a picture of Aditya Thackeray on Instagram which read, “This is the time, this is the opportunity. Mission legislative assembly 2019. Maharashtra is waiting –Aaditya Thackeray”. As the post went viral, with it, the demand for Thackeray to contest the upcoming assembly polls has increased.
In the recent national elections, Aditya Thackeray actively participated during the campaigning process for his party. The Yuva Sena chief is popular among the youth and it wouldn’t be surprising if Thackeray contests the state assembly elections. In Lok Sabha 2019, Aditya Thackeray was seen on all stage with his father Uddhav Thackeray and no one missed how he sat next to CM Devendra Fadnavis in Delhi during PM Modi’s first speech to NDA parliamentarians on winning. “The fact that it was Aaditya who was made to sit next to the CM was enough indication that he is being groomed for a much bigger role,” the Sena sources said.
The colossal mandate for the NDA in the country, and the Sena-BJP combine in Maharashtra, for the Lok Sabha elections has convinced those close to 28-year-old Aaditya – the Yuva Sena chief — that now is the time for him to enter the state legislature. Another Sena functionary hinted that Aaditya could be the Sena candidate when it is the party’s turn to share the CM’s post with the BJP, if the Assembly elections are also favourable for the alliance. While Aaditya didn’t comment on the possibility of him contesting the Assembly elections, he has hinted on number of occasions that he could be the first Thackeray to seek a mandate. Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.