Breaking the tradition of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray not contesting elections in Maharashtra Assembly elections, his son Aditya Thackeray filed his nomination papers on Thursday. Aditya Thackeray did a road show before nomination to contest from Mumbai’s Worli seat. During the road show, Shiv Sena workers were very enthusiastic. Aditya Thackeray was welcomed with flowers at various places. CM Devendra Fadnavis called the morning and blessed Aditya Thackeray. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray thanked the public for his support to Aditya Thackeray. He said, ‘It is our family’s tradition to serve the public. The new generation has come up with new ideas and I thank them for their support. I promise that whenever the public calls, Aditya will be present. However, in response to a question during this, Uddhav said that he will not contest the election.
Aditya Thackeray did road show before nomination to contest from Mumbai’s Worli seat
It may be noted that since the establishment of Shiv Sena in 1966 by the late Bal Thackeray, no member from the Thackeray family has contested any election or held any constitutional post. Uddhav’s cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray expressed his desire to contest the 2014 assembly elections in the state. However, he later changed his mind. In such a situation, Aditya has become the first member to contest from the Thackeray family.
Shiv Sena’s sitting MLA Sunil Shinde will leave the Worli seat for Aditya Thackeray. Aditya said, I will work not only for Worli but for the whole of Maharashtra, I am confident of victory because you all have my blessings with me. Aditya Thackeray said, ‘Many people can be benefited by politics. Having roamed all over Maharashtra, I have understood how to work next. Those whose voice is not able to reach us, let the voice of the public reach us. Earlier, Chief Aditya of Shiv Sena’s youth wing ‘Yuva Sena’ had said that the decision to enter active politics is a big one but I am sure you guys will manage me. On the question of becoming the Chief Minister, Aditya said that he is a common man and the people will take the decision that he will take next.
It is known that after the controversy over seat sharing, the 2014 assembly elections were fought separately by the BJP and Shiv Sena. BJP contested 260 seats out of which it won 122 seats while Shiv Sena contested 282 seats and won 63 seats.