29-year-old Yuva Sena President Aditya Thackeray is currently on a Jan Ashirwad Yatra, a state-wide programme meant to reach out to the masses, especially the youth. As a part of the same, he arrived in Navi Mumbai and was seen stopping by venues in Belapur and Airoli constituencies along with Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde, Thane MP Rajan Vichare, Shiv Sena Dy Leader Vijay Nahata, NMMC Opposition Leader Vijay Chougule among others. While rains and delays played a complete spoiler, still Aditya Thackeray – who enjoys his own celebrity status, was met with hundreds of party workers, supporters and young Navi Mumbai who were seen vying for his attention. There have been many speculations that Shiv Sena is mulling the option of projecting Thackeray as the Chief Ministerial face of the party. And the yatra is to seek blessings is a step towards it. While many within Shiv Sena and outside it are yet to take Aditya Thackeray as a serious politician, his speech at Vashi did endorse one fact. Aditya Thackeray has evolved out of the shadow of his powerful lineage and is striking a chord with as he dons the role of being the grandson of late Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray. The highlight of his speech, however remained that he was seen staking claim on Belapur constituency, where Vijay Nahata is aspiring to be the BJP Shiv Sena candidate for the upcoming assembly elections.
“JAN ASHIRWAD YATRA IS NOT FOR POLITICAL REASONS”
Aditya Thackeray told the crowd gathered at Vashi that the Jan Ashirwad Yatra he has embarked upon is not political.
“I WILL COME FOR SHIV SENA’S VICTORY SABHA IN BELAPUR CONSTITUENCY”
Aditya Thackeray took all by surprise as he said that while he was not in Navi Mumbai to campaign for the upcoming assembly elections but he will come to Belapur for election rally and thereafter for a victory rally.
“I ALSO WANT TO CHANGE THE MINDS OF THOSE WHO DID NOT VOTE FOR US”
He said that the Shiv Sena shakhas across Maharashtra are addressing issues of citizens and said the yatra also aims at paying gratitude to the Shiv Sainiks sitting in these shakhas. He added that the aim of the yatra is also to change the minds of those citizens in Maharashtra who worked against them or do not support them.
“THE LETTERS I GET MAKES ME HAPPY THAT PEOPLE TRUST SHIV SENA TO SOLVE THEIR ISSUES”
Referring to the letters he has been receiving during the Jan Ashirwad Yatra, he said that it makes him happy as the letters are proof that people believe that Shiv Sena can resolve their issues.
“JAN ASHIRWAD YATRA IS MY TEERTH YATRA”
Continuing to strike a chord with the audience, he added that the Jan Ashirwad yatra is nothing less than a teerth yatra for him.
“I WANT TO MAKE A NEW MAHARASHTRA”
Aditya Thackeray added that his aim is to make a new Maharashtra.
While Aditya Thackeray’s address was point on, in his aim to connect with Navi Mumbaikars, his confidence of Shiv Sena contesting from Belapur has given a shot in the arm to Shiv Sena in Navi Mumbai and particularly Vijay Nahata who will contest from the Belapur constituency if Shiv Sena is given the candidature. The speculations picked up after Ganesh Naik entered the BJP with all his corporators in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. This led to a debate whether between sitting MLA Manda Mhatre and Ganesh Naik who would contest from Belapur. More so as there were talks that Ganesh Naik’s candidature was already given a nod from Matoshree. However now the race for the ticket has become three-cornered.