Aaditya Thackeray, son of Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray, will contest the upcoming state elections in Maharashtra from Worli, becoming the first member of the Thackeray dynasty to contest an election. He is currently the President of Yuva Sena, the youth wing of his party.
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On Monday, the Yuva Sena released a song confirming Aaditya Thackeray’s candidature in the Assembly Elections. The song projects him as the future of Maharashtra and someone who could transform the state. “Aala rey aala Aaditya” and “Maharashtra mein hoga Adidtyoday” say the lyrics of the song.
A close aide of the Sena chief was quoted by PTI as saying Aaditya Thackeray’s name has been finalised for the Worli assembly segment. Shiv Sena’s sitting MLA Sunil Shinde will vacate his place for Aaditya. “Worli is considered one of the safest constituencies for the Sena, hence Aaditya’s candidature has been finalised. Former NCP leader Sachin Ahir had recently joined the Sena, which will make Thackeray’s win easy,” he added.
Maharashtra will go to polls on the 21st of October along with Haryana and results for both states will be declared on the 24th. The Shiv Sena is expected to fight the elections with its traditional ally BJP, however, the seat-sharing hasn’t been fixed yet. But the leadership of both parties has regularly maintained in public forum that they will fight the elections together.
The manner in which Aaditya Thackeray’s candidature has been announced does signify that the Shiv Sena does fancy the imminent heir to the throne of the Thackerays to become a contender for the post of Chief Minister at some point in the future.