Though there have been persistent whispers that Uddhav Thackeray is the chief ministerial nominee from the Shiv Sena, no one in the alliance speaks out loud about it. But on Thursday, the second day of the two-day convention of Yuva Sena office bearers in Alibaug, Uddhav’s son and the party youth wing’s chief Aaditya said, “In Delhi, we want Modiji’s government, and Uddhavji’s government in Maharashtra.”

Aaditya Thackeray addresses party workers at the Yuva Sena’s first state convention in Alibaug in Raigad district. Pic/Bipin Kokate
Aaditya Thackeray addresses party workers at the Yuva Sena’s first state convention in Alibaug in Raigad district. Pic/Bipin Kokate

He also said, “The CM and PM have listened to Janpath till now, but now they will have to listen to the janmat (people’s vote).” Asked what he meant by his statement, Aaditya said, “We want a chief minister from the Shiv Sena, and Uddhavji being the party president, will decide on this.” But, when Uddhav was asked to remark on his son’s statement, he said, “I haven’t heard the statement, so I can’t comment on it.”

For a very long time, there has been speculation about who’d lead the state if the saffron alliance of the Shiv Sena, BJP and RPI would come to power. There has been no announcement officially, but with Aaditya’s statement, things seem to be falling in place. While addressing his party men, Aaditya said, “People should stop adding bhau, dada and such appellations to their names on political banners. When I sign off on social media sites, I don’t use any such terms.”

Aaditya said he’d ask if suspended Mumbai University professor Neeraj Hatekar, who is campaigning against the varsity’s mismanagement under its vice-chancellor R M Welukar, would like the support of a political party in his protest. “The V-C should go. He isn’t capable of handling the university. I will talk to Hatekar. But, I don’t want to meddle, since not everyone likes interference from political parties,” said Aaditya.

No infighting
Referring to Sheetal Mhatre and Shubha Raul the Sena’s women corporators who have expressed their disappointment in other party leaders Uddhav said, “It is our internal matter and we will look into it. There’s no need for anyone to worry about it. The women’s commission should look after other important issues. We can handle our issues.”