Mumbai: Recalling the “promise” made to his late father Bal Thackeray, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said, soon to install, a ‘Shiv Sainik’ (party worker) as chief minister of Maharashtra.
Uddhav’s statement is against the backdrop of top BJP leaders who insist repeatedly that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will re-enter the state.
The Shiv Sena is making Uddhav’s son Aditya the chief ministerial candidate in the event of the NDA returning to power once again next month’s assembly elections.
Addressing party workers and ticket-seeking candidates in suburban Bandra, Uddhav said talks with Shah were proceeding well and a final decision on seat sharing between the BJP and the army would be announced soon.
According to sources, the announcement has been delayed amid intense commotion due to the number of seats and the “Shraddhapaksha” period, which many consider being an ‘inauspicious’ period to do new things. The “Paksha” or fortnight period ended on 28 September.
“I had promised Balasaheb (Shiv Sena founder) that I would make a Shiv Sainik of Maharashtra the Chief Minister. I have vowed to fulfil this promise,” he said.
Speaking about the alliance with the BJP, Uddhav said, “If a deal with the BJP happens, the Shiv Sena will not back down. The Shiv Sena never retreats. We openly oppose”.
“I want power in Maharashtra, that’s why I have called candidates from all 288 seats. I want to strengthen the Shiv Sena in all the constituencies. If there is an alliance with the BJP, the Shiv Sena will ensure the BJP wins those seats.” BJP’s support should always be there for candidates to see where they contest, “he said.
“I want to ensure that our election preparations are completed in the constituencies where the Shiv Sena will contest, ”he urged the cadres to remain loyal to the party and allies.
“If Shiv Sainiks trust me and stay with me, I can confidently move forward on the political path,” he said.
Making fun of senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who resigned as MLA on Friday evening, Thackeray said, “I will not give up politics and do farming. I will work as a Shiv Sena.”
(With PTI Inputs)