Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, son of the late party supremo Bal Thackeray, formally took charge as the party president today.

Uddhav Thackeray takes charge as Shiv Sena president
Shiv Sena's new president Uddhav Thackeray (File pic)

Even as the decision was on expected lines, the timing of the event was symbolic as the party observed the birth anniversary of Bal Thackeray, who passed away on November 17, 2012. He was 86.

The decision was officially announced after the party's national executive meet today where the members anointed Uddhav (52) as the new party president.

Even after Uddhav's taking over as president, the late Sena patriarch will continue to be known as 'pramukh' (supremo), a party official said.